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

Tea Party Flowers 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!

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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.

Friend Jen on Facebook – Jen Zdanis Starr

Monday, April 14, 2014

A Royal Invitation Mail Art

Hello everyone, Barbara here with my first post for April.  This month, Altered Pages is cross-promoting with Unruly Paper Arts, an inspirational and informative blogozine.  This month's theme is mail art, using their creative prompt with the theme Teacups and Tiaras.  We are also cross-promoting with Leaky Shed, a company that makes the most fabulous laser cut chipboard pieces, to show off our mail art using their chipboard tiaras and teacups.   

You will see a lot of beautiful artwork by the Altered Pages design team this month using this theme.  Here is the creative prompt for April.  
So, in keeping with this theme, here is my mail art project, which can also be viewed on their blog e-zine by clicking here:
Postcard Tag Side 1
Postcard Tag Side 2
Supplies used:

Leaky Shed chipboard:  Crown set
Electric Blue, Winter Pine spray mists (Tattered Angels)
Distress Inks:  Pumice Stone; Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick (marker)
Eyelet edge punch (Martha Stewart)
Brilliance Pigment ink:  Platinum Planet, Galaxy Gold
Silhouette cutting machine and file:  Tile Border

I have a complete tutorial on my blog, if you are interested in how my Mail Art piece came to be.  You can click here to see more.  

I hope you enjoyed my little piece of mail art, and I hope you will visit Unruly Paper Arts and the Altered Pages blog for more RAQ submissions throughout the month.  Our design team will be playing along all month.   
As always, you can get all of your art supplies at Altered  

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful, creative week!!!

Black Hole Art Studio

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sunday in Arizona is about Assemblage

We love creating from 'stuff', how about you?

Gather STUFF and then pick a focal piece.  Let your mind go free with imagining.   See shapes used in a different way,    Turn things upside down for a new perspective, literally.   Pile things on top of one another and then let them fall, see what comes to mind.   Play like a KID.   

The first piece is made purely from found items with an artists mannequin.   Nuts, bolts, jewelry pieces, pins, feathers and an old aluminum dessert dish work together to create this warrior.

Paints and mists were used once it was assembled using a sturdy glue.   Feathers and pins were added after painting.

This second piece uses a painted wooden ATB with feet, a top block added and a metal picture holder inserted into the wood, a paper layer from Glitz, fiber and gold leaf.

PLEASE see the blog each day this month for the amazing and wonderful creations made in partnership with Unruly PaperArts.   

TA DA - Go to our Blog on April 15th to see a STARR Artist!   

Products used in projects above include;

Glitz Paper Layers
Gold Leaf
Duo Glue
Wood ATB
Thanks for freeing your mind and playing a little bit.  

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Tea with ALICE!

Altered Pages is playing along with Unruly PaperArts this month. 
 The monthly theme at Unrly PaperArts is Teacups an Tiaras!
Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorite subjects... 

when I think of tea I see ALICE!
Paint the Leaky Shed Teacup and Crown with gesso, dry, then paint teacup with Silk Pink Grapefruit and dry, trim with German Scrap. Paint crown with Golden Iridescent Gold, top with Robbin's Nest Dew Drops.

Distress edges of envelope with Brown and Black ink.  Adhere doily edge doily with Wink of Stella - Silver. Layer the Mad Hatter Party image from the Alice in Wonderland Collage Sheet.

Adhere Alice and Queen to thin chipboard and fussy cut to give a little dimension.

Alice in Wonderland Collage Sheet
Alice's Utterly Mad Party Collage Sheet- Mailbox Muse Kit
Vintage Playing Cards Collage Sheet
Leaky Shed Crowns
Leaky Shed Teacup
Silk Pink Grapefruit
German Scrap
Wink of Stella - Silver
Robins Nest Dew Drops
Cake Charm
Clock Charm
VLVS! Stamp "Off With Her Head"
Brown and Black Ink
Old envelope
Vintage Postage Stamp

If you were to mail this... address it on the teacup and then put it in a plastic sleeve.  Hand carry to the postoffice and have the postage affixed to the outer sleeve. Also put a label on the outer sleeve to hand-stamp!

Visit Unruly PaperArts see what everyone is creating!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Mail Art - an all-in-one card

Hello and welcome to my first post as part of the Altered Pages design team!  I appreciate the opportunity to share my art with you!  This month, Altered Pages is teaming up with Unruly Paper Arts, which is a BlogZine with wonderful art, and Leaky Shed Studio products.  Their theme this month is Mail Art and Moos.  I had never heard of a MOO before.  We’ll get back to that.  First, let’s see my mail art project!

The Unruly Paper Arts April issue features an RAQ (ReaderArt Quest) challenge for their readers to play along and create using a theme and a visual prompt.  Teacups and Tiaras was the theme this month.  I made an all-in-one greeting card/envelope combo.

If you have an envelope template that would make an awesome starting point.  I don’t have one so I cut mine out by hand to measure 10” x 7 1/4”.  Using the paper in portrait format, score in 3/4” on each side, 2 1/2” up from the bottom and 3” down from the top.  Fold along all lines and then cut out the four rectangle pieces in the corners as shown.

To create the inside greeting panel I used a Prima stencil and Versa Mark ink to give the background some texture. 

While that was drying I started on the chipboard crown from Leaky Shed Studio.  These little crowns are beautiful and since they are laser cut some of them have intricate patterns.  I chose to gild the crown for this project so I chose a plain surface.  I brushed on a coat of US Art Quest Duo adhesive.  Once it was ready I brushed on the gold leaf by Gildenglitz.  It created a beautiful shiny gold finish.  I used a Leaky Shed teacup on this project, too.  It was painted with bright blue acrylic paint with a matte finish.  I wanted the only shiny thing on this project to be the crown!

I chose several images from Altered Pages collage images for both inside and outside of this project.  I’ve provided a list and links below for you. 

Finally, I knew I wanted a border at the top and while I was looking for one…I found three!  All of them again from my favorite Bazzill package.  (I’m starting to run out of these so I had better get some more!)  The swirly border was cut in half to use as steam for the teacup.  All four were inked with Dark Brown Colorbox Chalk Ink. 

Because the envelope is part of the card I thought a word of caution was warranted and wrote “Open Gently” across the flap. 

Now, what’s a MOO, right?  For anyone who doesn’t know, they are bigger than an inchie and smaller than an ATC.  They measure in approximately at 1 1/8” by 2 3/4”.  I think they make cute little pops of color and design.  Altered Pages has a page of MOO backgrounds or you can certainly make your own. 

Products used on these projects:
Leaky Shed teacup & saucer (not used in this project)
“Queen for a day!” rubber stamp by Where the Rubber Hits the Road (obsolete)
“Special Delivery” rub-on (company unknown)
Postage Stamp Outline rubber stamp (company unknown)
Red Rose tea string

Altered Pages collage images:
Lady with stole and hat – AP1401-Beautiful Blue
Lady with teacup – AP701-Vicorian Tea
Pansy group, flower & tea cups on MOOs – AP3032 Tea Party Flowers
Pansy (on tea tag) – AP1714-Blue Color Collage
MOO backgrounds – AP1638-Moo Backgrounds

Thanks for stopping by!  Please also visit my blog Robin's Birdhouse.  Happy crafting!