Friday, December 19, 2014

Tags and Cards from the Just for Fun Design Team!

Altered Pages and Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Design Teams have been very busy creating for the holidays! Hope you have been enjoying what we have shown so far.  Be prepared to have your holiday socks knocked off... today we have more amazing ideas from the JFF Design Team!!!  Click on the link below each card or tag to see how they were created. 


Roxie create beautiful
Ornament & Snowman tags and Burlap Stars!

 Nancy Y has a couple of amazing tags... 
Don't forget to leave a comment each day on the Altered Pages blog for a chance to win one of the awesome giveaways we have this month!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A Holiday Wish

Hi everyone! Are you ready for Christmas? Me? No! Every year I say I'm going to be ahead of the game so I can enjoy the season but you know how it goes it just gets crazy busy and before you know it Christmas is here. Sigh…
Well, I want to share two quick projects I created using this month's cosponsor's Just For Fun Rubber Stamps. Lets get started.

I started with a Christmas card envelope that I messed up. Instead of throwing it away I decided I wanted to use it as a pocket for a journal…the flap is actually on the end of the envelope which will make it easy to put memorabilia in it. 

I stamped The Holiday Wish image onto a piece of cardstock from the Joyeux Noel Paper Collection. Also from the same collection I cut various sizes of cardstock for the front of the envelope. The piece of cardstock that has writing on it is actually from packaging that had charms on it. I thought it would add the perfect touch to the envelope.

I inked all edges of the cardstock before adhering to the envelope and splattered a little ink to give it an aged look. I finished off with buttons, sequins and Dew Drops.

Next little project is a gift card holder using a mini paperbag which I have a diecut for but you can use a store bought one too.

I stamped the A  Christmas Note sentiment onto a piece of white cardstock, inked the edges, added scraps of the same Joyeux Noel Paper Collection which I then adhered all pieces to the bag.

I finished off with tying a piece of Twine to the bag. It is a very quick project to knock out and you could have several made up in an hour.

If you have any questions about these projects let me know. Also be sure to stop by the Altered Pages blog to see what each designer has created.

Supplies Used:
Other Supplies Used: Buttons, Sequins, Small Paperbag, Envelope

Thanks for stopping by, hope your Thursday is awesome and enjoy creating!

Be Merry Gothic Arch

Tis the season...

Another fun creation pairing lovely vintage images and supplies from Altered Pages with fun holiday stamps from Just For Fun Rubber Stamps!  This time I have a Christmas Gothic arch that has a hint of things to come...but I'm not going to reveal what that might be - tee hee hee!

Here is a closer look at the bells & holly stamped image...

And the kitties all dancing around the Christmas tree!


Other Supplies: DecoArt Crackle Medium, Antiquing Cream; IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko Pico Embellisher; Markers; White Gel Pen

Hope you're all enjoying a crafty and inspired holiday season so far!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Feature Artist - Martha Walker

Jean here, with a few words.  I am so pleased to feature not only a fantastic artist, but a friend and neighbor.  Martha and I met through a mutual friend who has also appeared on this blog, Ingrid Vient. We are also mutual friends with Carolyn Addie, another Featured artist from our Blog.  I am blessed to be surrounded by so many talented and inspiring people. It brings joy to see their varied creations and enjoy their friendship.  And with that..........Meet Martha.....

Martha Walker 
owner of Wagons West Designs.
I always enjoyed drawing in grade school, but the thought of becoming an artist as a vocation first popped into my head on a trip to New Orleans in the Fall of my 4th grade year. Around the courtyard of the St. Louis cathedral were artists with their paintings hanging on the wrought iron fence surround. That looked like fun! I proclaimed my newfound goal of becoming an artist to my parents, who took that to heart, and for my next birthday they gave to me an easel, oil paints and a canvas pad. They also found a woman who taught oil painting to students in her basement, and I began going to her home once a week after school to learn all about mixing oil paints and painting on canvas.
In middle school and high school I took every art class that was offered. At the same time that I was working at improving my drawing and painting skills, I was also intrigued with sewing and embroidery. My mother signed me up for a dressmaking class when I was 12, and I was off and running after that, making most of my own clothes, from dresses to bathing suits, tailored jackets to lingerie.

When I began college I was so excited to major in fine art. But after a few years, I began to have misgivings about my major. It was the late 70's, and the economy was very depressed. I was really worried that I wouldn't be able to make a living as an artist, and regretfully changed my major to business, and changed art to a minor.  But the dream of making a living as an artist always lingered, and in 2007 I launched my business, Wagons West Designs, with the publication of Vintage Christmas, a pattern book for projects such as quilts, punch needle, wool appliqué and Christmas ornaments.

My "Glitter Bird Clips" are one of the ornament projects included in Vintage Christmas, made with fabric, paint and mica slivers. Also from Vintage Christmas is the "Santa in cone", made with paper clay, gesso and paint, fabric and yarn.
Since Vintage Christmas, I have written two more books: Be Merry: Quilts and Projects for Your Holiday Home, published by Kansas City Star Books, and Annie's Scrapbag.  My work has been featured in magazines such as Quiltmaker, Primitive Quilts and Projects Magazine, Quiltmania, Simply Vintage, Quilt Country, Magic Patch, and Quilter's Newsletter Magazine.

The last two years I have had the great pleasure to work with Studio e Fabrics and Henry Glass Fabrics in designing two fabric lines: Elementary for Studio e Fabrics, which was released in 2013, and Sentimental Stitches for Henry Glass & Co., which was released this year, and is scheduled to be delivered to quilt shops this month! Designing a fabric line involves two things I love best - drawing and quiltmaking!

You may find some supplies for making similar projects here.....
paper mache cones

Monday, December 15, 2014

Three Wise Men!


This has been a great month for the Altered Pages Design Team working with Just For Fun Stamps.  The Altered Pages collages and Just for Fun Stamps compliment each other when creating cards, journals, tags and more.  We hope you have had a chance to look at all the projects the Altered Pages Design Team has posted on our blog and those shared from the Just for Fun Design Team... and there is more to come!!!

Today Karen Conner has an awesome Three Wise Men card for us. 

Watch her tutorial to see how she made this beautiful card!

Altered Pages Collage Sheet - Vintage Map Charts 
Three Wise Men  from Just For Fun Rubber Stamps
Brown Ink
Black Stazon
White cardstock
Pattern paper
Versa Color
Black embossing powder
Bisque liquid pearls

Comment each day for a chance to win one of the giveaways on the blog this month!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

A Sunny December Sunday

Today is special for many reasons....
and we have a lot to talk about!   

We will have a birthday celebration for our "perfect grandson" Jake.   He will be 14 on 12-16-14.  He is a handsome fella!!   The best part is, he still gives me a kiss an a hug!   He would 'die' if he saw this!



PLEASE give a round of applause to JFF Stamps for making December a wonderful time for us all!    All of the Designers on both Teams have created such fantastic projects of many themes and mediums.

Here is a quick and simple card I made with my JFF Stamp and Kaisercraft paper with washi tape and a Japanese ink pen. 


Another special announcement is for our overall November Giveaway winner....


for being a faithful commenter and blog follower!   
PDub has won a package Fabulous art film from Craft Attitude and an array of Papercrafting products from AlteredPages.   PDub, please send us your postal address so we may send off your winnings! 


We will have a JFF promo partner Giveaway for December including Jff stamps AND a product package from  Watch for the winner announcement in the first week of January 2015.


Each day of the last week in December we will give a free digital collage to anyone who joins our newsletter or Members only Facebook page.


Our Extra Special December Giveaway!   ONE very fortunate person will win a FABER CASTELL Gift Set for Card making. * 

  • This  kit introduces card makers to the variety of different ways Gelatos® can be incorporated into cards. With the fully illustrated step-by-step Design Guide, you will be incorporating these creamy sticks of pigment into your cards in no time!
  • Features include a fully illustrated 24 page Design Guide with dozens of tips and techniques
  • Card supplies and Accessories include Sentiments and Greetings Sheet, Banner Sheet, 6 Patterned Papers, Folded Cardstock and Envelopes (4-6”x6”, 4- 3”x3”), Chipboard Shapes, Glue (.28oz), 10 Foam Adhesive Squares, Epoxy Dots, Foam Wedge, Stencil
  • Mediums include 3 Gelatos® Colors (Aqua Dolce, Bubble Gum, Gold Champagne) and 3 Paper Crafter Crayons™ (Silver, Blue-Green, Violet)
All you have to do to be included in the drawing is share one photo of your artwork or a favorite creation** on our FACEBOOK page and comment on the BLOG each day until New Year!    

*(due to postage costs, this will be limited to a domestic winner only)

**please be mindful of copyrights when posting any photos.

 Remember, take a breath and smile!

Naughty or Nice!

More Christmas from Just for Fun Design Team!

Altered Pages and Just for Fun Rubber Stamps Design Teams have been very busy sharing lots of ideas for the holidays! Hope you have been enjoying what we have shown so far.   Today there are more projects from the JFF Design Team.


The mini book is filled with tons of pockets and tags be sure the click on the link above to see all the details!


Friday, December 12, 2014

At the Seashore Just For Fun

Yes, I know it's December and I know everyone is in the holiday spirit, but it's cold here in the northwest and, quite honestly, I miss the warmer weather.  So here's a little bit of sunshine, from me to you!

I resized this fun and flirty image from the Altered Pages Brighton Beach collage sheet and printed it on card stock four times.  This picture is perfect for a tole card.  For anyone not familiar with paper tole, it's a technique where an image is layered on itself to form a 3D image. 

One image was left full-size to build on and then each of the scenery layers was cut down and mounted in place using adhesive foam squares.  The hottie on the beach was cut out of the last layer.  She was also mounted with foam tape, but I made sure the layers of tape left her appearing to bend forward.  In the full photo you can see the shadow she casts!

I found a nice Graphic 45 scrapbook paper in the perfect color to compliment the water!  The card base and panel are a nice cream which coordinates with the beach towel.  This month, Altered Pages and JFF Rubber Stamps (Just For Fun) are partnering and the design teams get to play with fun stuff from both companies.  I stamped this fun saying by Just For Fun rubber stamps onto the cream leaving a border around each word.  I dipped each cut piece into the same ink for a matching border and to make the words really pop.

To give the water a little extra something special I used a Wink of Stella pen to make it sparkle.  I wish I had been able to get it to show in the photo!

Stay warm out there!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

on the Orient Express with Just For Fun Stamps--all aboard in London . . .

As you may know, I've been creating layouts in an Orient Express themed book, inspired by supplies from a past Mailbox Muse kit. Today we're boarding the train in London, and showing off a really nice, large background stamp from our partner this month at Altered Pages, Just For Fun Stamps: the Passport Stamp Background:

See what I mean?  Nice, right?  But of course it's a background, so as I continued, most of it did get covered . . .
Altered Pages has a great assortment of different city themed pages, including some beautiful ones featuring London.  I especially like the ones of old postcards.

This page features a bookmark I received in a swap several years ago;  I thought it was a perfect addition.  
Thank you for stopping by this December day!  (If you'd like to see more of this altered book, you'll find Collette in Paris HERE,  the cover and first layout HERE, and the Istanbul train station HERE.)

Happy Thursday, everyone!