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King of Halloween Shrine

Since tomorrow is Halloween I thought it would be fun to make and share a little shrine dedicated to the King of Halloween... Edgar Allen Poe! This is one of my favorite Poe images and it fits perfectly with this little collage... Edgar Allen Poe - Master of Macabre
For complete instructions check out my blog - King of Halloween.  You can also enter for your chance to win one of the shrine bases used to make this collage.

It's THAT time of year

I imagine you will all be having Halloween fun and may have already gone to parties dressed as ???
I think Halloween costumes are a larger scale form of Altered Art.    We can be as creative as we like and there certainly are opportunities to explore and techniques beyond what we might usually use.    Our Headdress Challenge was a preparatory exercise for just this event.  Comment to tell us some of your favorite costumes you have worn through the years and if they were handmade.

The Phantom Steeler
Eddie and I went one year as a Baseball (him) and an Octopus (me).   Hours of applying paper mache made that a reality.   Paint and stitching made it a really fun memory.   We each had a huge head of paper mache, he wore his softball uniform and I had tentacles hanging to the floor over my grey sweats. 

Another year he was a spider with all the legs made from vacuum clean hoses and I was Miss Muffet.   
Spooky Jake
Then there was the year Ed was Pinocchio;  A styrofoam cone painted as a no…

Sharing the Holiday Happiness

My husband and I had walked into the local homestore today and I saw the Christmas aisles and a feeling of joy rushed over me.  I love the holidays! As I looked around, I was like a kid in a candy store.  The beautiful lights, ornaments and decorations put me in the mood to celebrate.  One thing I have been thinking of over the last few days is about people who aren't able to visit family and friends and how often they celebrate alone, sometimes even forgotten.  They don't need to be, though.  Remembering these people and bringing a warmth to their holiday season can be as simple as giving them a card.  I created this card to share the Thanksgiving happiness with someone.  For it, I used the embossing frame folder to create a mat for the collage photo.  After I ran the folder through my embossing machine, I cut around the embossed area and inked the edges.  I used the Happy Thanksgiving collage sheet for the photo and adhered it to the mat using a UHU glue stick.  The backgr…

Crazy busy

It has been a crazy, busy month for me so making things hasn't been high on my priority list. It makes me sad to miss out on crafting, but sometimes it has to take the backseat to other things. I was looking on my blog for inspiration since I find myself with a few hours today to play. I went way, way back and found one of the first pieces of 3D mixed media I'd ever done for a swap. I still really like it. I used Altered Pages images on the flowers since Altered Pages has always been my number one place to get collage sheets.

How funny is this? I can't remember the exact name of the swap, but I think it was something floral (big duh there, right?). I was really worried that what I made wouldn't be good enough because I was so new to mixed media at the time. I had scalloped die cuts that looked like they'd make pretty flowers, and I thought I'd go crazy and make "real" flowers out of portrait like images.

Give me some alcohol inks, popsicle sticks…

"Die"ing to try my new toys!

Did you know Altered Pages carries a selection of Lifestyle Crafts [Quickutz] cutting dies and emboss folders? I recently ordered a few to play with since halloween is one of my favorite times of the year. I ordered the frightful edges set which comes with 2 extended border type dies [dripping and fangs/grass] . In addition I also got the tombstone die [it's a 2 plate 2×2" die that also has the letters R I P. Here  I wrote my own grave markers! These tags were easily put together with watercolors, tag, die cuts and some Black Paris Trunk ink for stamping and swiping the edges! Some fun black cheese cloth from the dollar store and Maya Mist Sprays finish off my holiday tags! I hope you enjoy them! Have a spectacular Halloween!~leslierahye

Hate to do it BUT....

We have been getting an inordinate amount of spam comments from the blog, so we will institute the robot words before you can post a comment for a while.   I promise we will come back soon and revisit the removal of the irritating little nonsensical words and numbers that we must use.

Please tell those BOZOs that create computer havoc to STOP it immediately!

Thanks for understanding!

Halloween Cushion

Hi Katrina here from the design team. Halloween is almost here now and I just had to make something with one of my favourite images on the Altered Pages collage sheets. I wanted to do something a little different this time.....


  We often forget that as the collage sheets are digital we can print onto anything, so I enlarged the image to as big as it would go on an A4 sheet, I only have an A4 printer but if you have an A3 then you can make it bigger, just remember you will need a seam allowance and printed it out on printable cotton. Cut it out with the added seam allowance on all 4 sides, cut a piece of cotton the same size for the backing. I then added some sequins and beads to the sash around her middle.


I then used my sewing machine to sew up the little cushion but it is small enough to do it by hand if you don't have a sewing machine.You then need to stuff it and sew up the gap left to turn it, by hand. I added the black pompom trim by hand but if you are clever you can do …

Hello Friend!

Hello friends! Becky here today to share a simple card I made for a friend. In the background on the red card are a couple of pieces from the "Hello Friend" Glitz paper pad that are just the perfect setting for this little cutie from the "Little Sweeties" collage sheet.
On a personal note, I will be MIA from the Altered Pages DT until after the first of the new year. My family & are moving over the next few weeks & I need to focus on all that that entails.
I know that Jean has some big plans for the team & you during the upcoming months & if I have a minute, I will try to check in now & again with everyone!
Cheers!

This Halloween Jester is Ready for the Costume Party!

Welcome to Altered Pages and I hope you are enjoying your Sunday! Susan here bringing you a charm I created using an adorable Altered Pages Halloween Digital Collage Sheet, fuzzy fibers, shrink plastic and a shimmery bead to top it off. Now I have a festive necklace to wear for Halloween.


I started out with this lovely digital collage image "Jester Halloween". The images from AlteredPages.com are so fun and diverse - and their uses are endless. This cutie has been begging me for creative attention and love - so I decided to make a charm for a necklace. I printed out this image onto my shrink plastic following directions and punched holes around. Then I let the magic happen in my toaster oven. I edged with silver foil tape and laced with sparkly orange and black fibers. I topped off with a large sparkly orange bead.


Now I have an adorable necklace with vintage flair ready to wear for Halloween. The size of my shrunken charm is about 3 1/2" tall by 2 1/4" wide.
Thank…

Press Release from Sunny Arizona

Loving all the Altered Pages Goodness!

Hi Everyone!  It's Danie here, and I am one happy girl this week as my Altered Pages Order arrived and I have been having lots of fun playing with all the wonderful goodies.   Some of the items I ordered were the Glitz French Kiss 6 x 6 Paper Pad  and the French Kiss What Not's.




As the packaging says the What Not's are the perfect finishing touch to add to any project and I have found that combined with the papers which they coordinate with so beautifully they are perfect for making a card when time is short.  A couple of matted layers, inked with some Walnut Paris Trunk Ink (also in my order),  a bit of lace and a few extras from my stash, in no time come together to create a beautiful vintage card suitable for a number of occasions/greetings!

Altered Pages Items Used for this Project!



I will definitely be ordering more of these wonderful products from the Glitz Range, to keep on hand for when time is short and I can't wait to play with some of their coordinating stam…

a Pinktober tag--challenge, anyone??

Have you joined in the Altered Pages  Think Pink challenge?   The challenge is, simply, to create something pink. You have until October 31st to play along, and the prize pack is full of pink prettiness!

Have a great weekend, everyone! :)trisha

Be Thankful

Hello everyone, Kelli here with a cute little ATC today!   I have used an image from the Gobble Gobble Collage sheet AP-1147.   The patterned papers and embellies are from my stash.  I hope you enjoy my little ATC today!  Remember to join our PINK challenge for your chance to win awesome prizes!!!


Great Minds Think Alike

Nothin' wrong with throwin' a bit of humor in your Halloween cards.... It says, "They decided that next Halloween they weren't going to keep their costumes a secret!" Makes you wonder what they were really doing doesn't it?!?!?

Another Sunday in Arizona

Well, Ladies and Gents, glad to say we have had fabulous temperatures in the 70 and 80 range for the last couple days in Phoenix, it is glorious!  Back into the 90's this week however, but the brief respite gives us a whole new outlook and the knowledge that fall is Here! 

Since we are in the month of October and still PINK all over, I wanted to share more of my story with you.......................

As you read previously, My Grandmother, my Great Aunt and her daughter, my cousin, all passed away from breast cancer.


Above you see my Mom and my sister, both survivors! Mom was 57 when diagnosed and my sister, Lynette a very young 39 years of age.   As you may know, younger women often are attacked by very aggressive cancer.   I am happy to tell you that Lynette is fine and living a good life.   She deals with a bit of lymphadema after her double mastectomy and reconstruction but otherwise FINE.    It's been 11 years now! 

Mom is now 82 and doing great, she drives to the store …

Celebrate Every Single Day

There have been a lot of exciting things happening recently for my family.  For one, my husband celebrated our 21st anniversary this past Friday and with all the changes it has gotten me to thinking about our time together.  We've had a lot of up's and we've had our share of downs, but we've been able to get through all of them and still be happy.  This card was inspired by those thoughts.  Every day no matter what is handed to you should be a celebration either for it just being a good day or the fact you have gotten through it.  I used a piece of the gorgeous german scrap from Altered Pages to place the  epoxy words from Glitz on which added to the beauty of the message and the card. I added the entire embellishment to the French Kiss paper after distressing the edges to give it a vintage feel and then added a couple of  soft pink brads to bring out the pink in the flowers.   All of these pieces together brought out the beauty of the card and made the message behin…

Upcycled Star Ornaments

Happy Friday everyone! Leslie-Rahye here sharing with you a projected that I completed on my weekly ustream  back in July while celebrating Christmas in July. I LOVE homemade ornaments and upcycled projects. This project is made using old book paper, the beautiful German glass glitter and of course fabulous buttons and digital collage images. Below is a replay of how I made these! I hope you enjoy my project! Thank you for looking!

Make sure to Follow Directions

For your Halloween Party (or dinner table) Planning

Here are some fun ideas for a totally horrible dining experience.    Adults and Kids will love it! Jean here again - Can you tell I'm feeling the change in the season? It's not always easy in Arizona where it will not cool off until the end of October.   We do notice the sun changing it's path and it's no longer 117 degrees.  


We used Bazzill gold paper with a canvas texture, but you can use any paper.   You can find the word collage here which includes more names for you to use.  It can be ordered digitally to print for yourself or can be ordered printed on the Bazzill gold paper as seen, among other papers.

After creating the cardstock images rip the paper toward yourself to get those nice textural edges.  We inked some of the individual signs and left some plain.   Then we added dollar store plastic roaches and Bazzill raven black paper flowers, then 'Gilding the Lily' with rhinestones of gold and white.

We then got some hor d'ourve picks (any leftover p…

Halloween Waterfall card

Hello everyone, Katrina here from the design team. I must admit I love Halloween. Here in the UK it is not a major celebration, but when you make your own you can celebrate anything you want!!



           The collage sheet Black cat White cat was perfect for making my waterfall card and those bat images are so sweet and make the card just a bit different.

                             Hope you like it, happy crafting!

                                                                   Love Katrina

And the winners are....

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Altered Pages Fall & Halloween Blog Hop.  We appreciate all of the comments and the support you have given to Altered Pages and the design team.  The winners of the free digital collage sheet are: Barbara Rankin Susan Guzy Nicie Ibarra Nan G. Lyneen Brenda Brown Lisa (Lisa's Scrap Site) Marlene Carla Katrina Becky (Scrap-A Teeny-Girl) Silvia Elaine A Kim MJ/Bast Debi The Grand Prize Winner of the Scissor Mouse is...... Barbara Rankin Congratulations everyone!  To claim your prizes please email Jean at:  artsociates@gmail.com with the subject heading of "Blog Hop Winner" and she will get your prize to you.   

A Lovely Little Witch!

Hi all! Becky here today to share a little Halloween Card... 
First, I inked a card using an Ink Sweeper Tool with orange & black; adhered a piece of number patterned paper that I had filled in all the 1's & 3's in purple ink; I used an image from the Little Sweeties collage sheet - not one you would associate as a witch, but I liked the colors behind her...gave her a nice pointy witches hat & then added the label!
Don't forget to stop on by the Altered Pages Challenge Blog to see what creative PINK projects we have to inspire you in playing along this month! ANYTHING goes...as long as it's PINK!!!!

Cardmaking is a Breeze with Altered Pages Vintage Images

to Altered Pages and I hope you are enjoying your Sunday! Susan here bringing you a lovely assortment of Christmas Cards I made using Altered Pages Digital Collage Sheets, assorted papers, ribbons and bling. It doesn't take a lot of time or supplies to make beautiful vintage greeting cards.

If you haven't been online ALL weekend, then you might have missed the 48 hour whirlwind of events across the creative world that was World Cardmaking Day. There were all kinds of fun live streaming festivities, events and demos going on all in celebration of making CARDS. 
So, in honor of card making - I wanted to share a few Holiday cards I've put together using my stash of goodies from AlteredPages.com.

This simple card is created using a vintage beauty from "Lovely Winter Blue Girls AP-2045" digital collage sheet from AlteredPages.com. This image has the sentiment included, so there's not much to be done. I added some pearly photo corners to the top, a distressed matt…

This says it all

Sundays in Arizona from Jean

Another week gone by and many things accomplished.   We had a grand Blog Hop, thanks to Peg Rounds and Leslie-Rahye for organizing it.   We do have prizes to announce after the HOP closes today.  Make sure you hopped and followed the directions to WIN.
I hope your week was fruitful and enjoyable!  We are finally under 100 degrees in AZ,  HURRAY!   Now it's feeling like fall, funny that the 90's bring thoughts of hot chocolate!!!


Keeping with the Going Pink for October theme, I want to share some things with you.     In October we see so much about Breast Cancer in the media that sometimes I am concerned we become overly saturated with it all.    All those faces, wearing pink, pink ribbons, pink balloons, even the NFL wears pink.  THE FACT IS.... 1 in 8 will be diagnosed.



In my family there is NO ignoring BC.
This is my Grandmother, Stella and Me.  Nunny, as we called her, came to America as a young child.  She always said, clean your plate, there are people starving in the world! …

Those Little Four Letter Words!

Hi Everyone it's Danie here today with my first post here on the Altered Pages Blog.  So I thought I'd start with a little creation that gives you a bit of an insight to me!




It's an ATC that says it all as I do have trouble with these four letter words - Cook, Wash, Iron and Dust.  They are all things I avoid doing until I really cannot anymore, because I'd much rather be in my craft room playing with the fun Altered Pages Collages sheets such as the one I have used for my project today.  Lucky for me I married a Chef and he is very supportive of my crafting.   I love making ATC's, bright colors and creating my own backgrounds.   Today's ATC Background is a quick watercolor wash with some sponged ink stenciling done with a piece of punchinella. You will see that I use punchinella a lot on my projects particularly to add texture to my canvases.  I have computer generated my quote.  All my edges have been inked with Vintage Sepia and Pink ink which was also spong…

Welcome to the Altered Pages Fall & Halloween Blog Hop

We are so glad you have joined us.  If you love all things altered you will have a lot of fun seeing what the Altered Pages design team has created for you to see!  Once you have found what inspires you be sure to head on over to Altered Pages and purchase what you need to create your own fun projects. This is the gorgeous tag done by the owner of Altered Pages, our very own Jean Moore.  Isn't it fantastic?  Here is how she created this beautiful work of art....I created a tag from AP Back Bay Postcard tags.  First I used Duo adhesive and copper foil to create a random background.Then I fancy cut images from several collages, adding gentle foiling as well. I then adhered them allowing the leaves to curl upward for 3D effect. ...I then typed the words in a deep brown and tore them from the paper. I swept them with the Blottter ink pad. I added a die cut chipboard flourish which I finger painted with green patina and added some gold with my fingers. I tied the greens with …