Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Chalkboard Magnets: Set Two

 Chalkboard Magnets:
Set Two

Mom likes using the chalkboard as a welcome sign for visitors as they walk through the door.   So I made some happy, festive ATC magnets to put on the Chalkboard Garden. 
Start with ATC size and add corrugated cardboard piece
with a piece of scrapbook paper. 
Attach image with pop dots to give dimensional feel.
Now add bling, flowers, ribbon, etc for additional texture.
 Now place them on your Chalkboard Garden and enjoy!
MD Hobby Chalkboard
scrapbook papers (various sizes)
Magnetic Pop Dots
Bling, flowers, ribbon, etc.
Thank you for looking!
See you next Month.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Meet the Altered Pages Designers: Barbara Rankin!

 At Altered Pages we have a very talented Design Team!
Today we are honored to introduce you to
Hi everyone.  Barbara here with my Altered Pages Design Team Moment. Each month, one of our design team members will share some bits of information about themselves, and any fun facts and accomplishments we think you might find interesting.  

First of all, I am so thrilled to be continuing my adventure with the AP Design Team.  I have been a crafter since early childhood.  I have always loved making things, from those crazy, loopy potholders for every family member, to visiting the creek in my local woods for marine clay to make ashtrays or bowls for everyone.  Next came sewing my own clothes.  I actually became quite the seamstress, if I do say so myself.  A natural progression to needlework, i.e., cross-stitch and needlepoint, came next.  I won several blue ribbons at various needlework exhibitions, to include winning three ribbons (First Place, President’s Choice, and People’s Choice) for my reproduction of a cross-stitch sampler made in 1769 on 50 count linen with silk thread, at the Oatlands Plantation Needlework Exhibition in Leesburg, Virginia.  It was the hit of the show and I am very happy that my beloved mother lived long enough to see this accomplishment.  

Pergamano, the ancient art of embossing on vellum, was next.  I entered and won an international contest, judged by Janet Wilson, renowned Pergamano artist and author.  This was such an honor for me.   This next led me to find my way to rubber stamping and graduating into a self-taught, mixed media artist.  

I have taught classes at my local scrapbook store, as well as to the members of my local stamp club.  I have also been a guest instructor at another out-of-state stamp club on several occasions.  I am on several design teams, and have been published in Altered Arts Magazine and Just Steampunk, Volumes 2, 4, and 6, as well as a  book entitled “Make it in Minutes: Mini Books”.  My style has changed dramatically over the years.  Now, I prefer vintage or shabby chic, with a sprinkling of steampunk whenever possible. I have a wonderful, supportive husband of thirty-three years, and we share our home with our two cute little Yorkie fur babies, Chloe and Zoe.

Here are a few of my favorite projects:


Here are a few more of our favorites of Barbara's work!!!

Visit Barbara's blog here:

Monday, May 25, 2015

Remembering Those Who Serve Our Country!

At Altered Pages we are
for all
those that have served
those who continue to serve
this great country of ours

"Nor shall their story be forgot
While Fame her record keeps."

In honor of our service members I have created a brown paper bag book with Altered Pages vintage images of those who have served through the years. 

 Gather supplies, listed below.

Using patriotic papers cover the pages of the book adhere with glue stick.

 Create pull out tabs for the bags with opens.

From the Altered Pages collage sheets cut images and words and  arrange until satisfied.  The images on this page are from the Altered Pages Salute to Our Veterans collage sheet.
Add embellishments Glassine Envelope and Bazzill Edge Cardstock Strips  to the pages. Altered Pages images from Vets Protecting Proudly and World War II collage sheets.

Cut  inserts with a tab slightly smaller than the bag page, leaving room at the closed end for the ribbon holes.  The inserts could be used for private messages to a vet you would like to present your book to! 
 Mat all images with red or blue cardstock for a finished look. Images from the Altered Pages Salute to Our Veterans collage sheet.

Cut individual words from sentiments and mat them to make them stand out! All images from Altered Pages Vets Protecting Proudly collage sheet

 Add embellishments: pre-printed banners and buttons.  Images Altered Pages World War II, Vintage Soldiers and Americana - Land of the Free collage sheets.

Images World War II and Americana - Land of the Free collage sheets.

Thank You stamped on MD Hobby and Craft Metal  foil with StazOn ink.   Sharp corners are covered with patriotic Washi Tape.

Finish the book by adding Red, White and Blue ribbons to the spine. Collage image Altered Pages Americana - Land of the Free!


Altered Pages Patriotic Collage Sheets
World War II
Vets Protecting Proudly
Salute to Our Veterans
Vintage Soldiers
Vintage Americana
Americana - Land of the Free
MD Hobby and Craft Metal
StazOn Ink - Black
Thank You rubber stamp
Patriotic Pattern Papers
Cardstock Red & Blue
Brown Paper Bag Book
Glue Stick
Tacky Glue
Glassine Envelope
Library Pocket
Bazzill Edge Cardstock Strips - red
Washi Tape
Pre-Printed Patriotic Cardstock & Stickers

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Happiest Memorial Day to Everyone in the USA

Thanks to all who have served to keep us safe and free!

Get Ready for JUNE

We will be dedicating the month to pocket pages.  Our special guest will be Janette Lane who will share her story of success with Pocket Letter Pals tm.

We will be providing free collages for those who participate in our SWAP led by our Pocket Page Pro, Corrine Marie.    And then a random prize drawing of a Pocket Page Kit to one of the participants.

Watch for details on our Facebook pages and here on the blog.  

If you are not a member of our Facebook pages or our newsletter please join us to make sure you get all the details to participate and  win!

I was so impressed by Debi's latest video I wanted to do a rerun for you

Debi makes metal and paper work together so beautifully!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Industrial Chicken Wire Lamp Shade

Hi everyone! It's me Tonya and I am here to share a lamp shade I altered with MD Hobby and Craft Chicken Wire and Maps I turned into flowers to add a vintage charm to the shade.

I started with this old and tired lamp shade that use to hang in my dining room until I replaced with another light fixture. I had held onto this thinking that I might be able to use it for something later on. I am so glad I did!!!

After removing the fabric this was left with a metal frame.

The chicken wire comes folded in half and rolled up. I had my husband help by holding while I cut with wire cutter in the fold and with determining how much to cut off the roll. Also it might be a good idea that if you don't have a "holder" to help  wear gloves because the wires do have sharp edges. I know...ouch!

First make sure you have long enough wire that will wrap around the frame on all sides. Now begin wrapping each wire to the frame with needle nose pliers working from each side so it will be tight with no puckers. 

This is what the shade will look like once it is wrapped.

I used two of my favorite flower diecuts which I cut from old Maps and adhered together and to the shade with Nori Paste .

At a future date I might change out the flowers to something seasonal but for now I am loving the industrial vintage feel of my lamp shade!
If you have any questions about this project please let me know.

Supplies Used: 
Altered Pages: Maps, Nori Paste 
MD Hobby Chicken Wire
Needle Nose Pliers, Wire Cutters, Flower Diecuts 

Be sure to stop by Altered Pages and MD Hobby and Crafts to check out the latest in their shops, thanks for stopping by, hope your Saturday is wonderful and enjoying creating!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Celebrating Memorial Day weekend

Happy Memorial Day weekend! 

I wanted to get us off on a patriotic note so today I have a card and a tag to share with you.  I started off with a sheet of MD Hobby & Craft in gold.  I used my favorite pocket watch die cut to make a real metal watch.  The shine sets everything off perfectly!  If you don't have a metal shim for your cutting machine you will need to run it back and forth several times.  This metal sheet is really good quality and you may need more than one pass through the machine to cut it out all the way.

I ran the flag bearer image through with the same cutting die to ensure that the image fit perfectly inside the watch fob.  I cut out the word AMERICA and dipped the edges in red ink.  The gingham border is a scrap from one of my Altered Pages patriotic collage sheets.  I partnered the gingham with one of Bazzill's mini borders. 

Red and white Bazzill flowers and some gems finish off the card.  It has a patriotic feel and would be great for Memorial Day or the Fourth of July. 

I had more bits and piece laying around from trying different things to make this card and decided to put them all together into a piece of tag art.  I used another of my favorite cutting dies on the metal sheet to make the hexagon border.  The cutting die is part of a set and I used the other piece to cut out the small hexagons. 

 And when I put all of the bits and pieces together, this was the result!

Supplies used:
MD Hobby & Craft metal sheet
Vintage Americana collage sheet
Land of the Free collage sheet
Bazzill mini border
Bazzill paper flowers
Shipping tag
Double sided adhesive
Fibers and gemstones - check out the color kits if you're looking to build up your collection!

Have a safe and happy weekend.  Remember to thank a veteran for their service! 

And if I can sneak in a little personal message, Happy 20th Anniversary (May 26th) to my wonderful husband who puts up with supports my artistic endeavors...even when my supplies overflow from my studio into the rest of the house.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Geisha Charm Lantern

Today I am sharing with you, my upcycled lantern using M-D Hobby & Craft Metal Sheet and vintage Geisha collage sheet from Altered Pages.

I used photos of different angles so you could see all of the beautiful Geishas used on my lantern. In the lower right photo the papers and charms move gently in the breeze.

  Photos at dusk...


and nighttime ambiance~

 Thank you so much MD Hobby & Craft for  partnering with us this month here at AlteredPages!!

Still more to come from the my team mates -so stay tuned for inspiration!

Material List:
AlteredPages~Geisha Collage Sheet
Asian Joss Papers-AlteredPages
Asian Joss Leaf Papers-AlteredPages
Gold Opulence Stickers-AlteredPages
Metal Aluminum sheet from M-D Hobby&Craft
Tin Snips
found  lantern
vintage jewelry pieces

Thanks for your visit and comments! 
To see more-visit me on my blog

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