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a summer rose

Just a sneak peek at a project I've been working on--
The summer rose is from one of the many beautiful floral themed
collage pages at Altered Pages.  There are so many beautiful images,
I have a hard time choosing. 
The butterfly pages, those are favorites of mine, as well, especially
when printed on transparency--but that's another  project . . .

Have a great weekend, everyone!
:)trisha

Summer Travels!

June 21st was the first day of summer!  School is out, the weather is nice and it is time to TRAVEL! Altered Pages has wonderful travel collage sheets.
You can make fun cards using the vintage travel posters to use while on vacation to send to those back home.
Or use the images on your scrapbook pages when creating memories of the wonderful time you had. 
Be sure to check out all the great images in the travel section of the collage sheets!
Supplies for the Travel Cards: Altered Pages Collage Sheet American Travel Glitz - Color Me Happy Paper Pad  Ink Stamps (all PSX) Glue Stick Foam Dots
Make Your Own Travel Journal Also available at Altered Pages are some fantastic kits, including this Travel Journal that I designed.    This is an AMAZING KIT loaded with supplies: Book w/rings, ribbons, collages, papers, German Scrap, chipboard gears, and ink pad and an ink sweeper. FULL instructions included.

Enjoy your summer!!! Happy Travels!

HAPPY MAIL!!!

It is so fun getting mail from Altered Pages!!  Jean, the owner, usually writes "Happy Mail" on the box!!
I ordered some things that I want to share with you.  First, I HAD to get the Steampunk Spells paper from Graphic 45.  It has the most wonderful images in the pad!!!  I have tons of ideas for it!
Then, I got some of the Silk Sari Ribbon.  Beautiful colors, 3 yards, AWESOME!!
Last, I got some board books.  This Arched door board book is my favorite!
Now it's your turn!  Click the "Altered Pages.com" link above and start shopping!!! xxDaniella

International Fairy Day Blog Hop with Leslierahye

Altered Pages Design Team member Leslierahye is hosting an International Fairy Day Blog Hop! We have several fairy collage sheets in out collection that are perfect for the  day. For this special occasion I have created a couple of "button fairies" using the Altered Pages Collage Sheet called "Fairy Dolls".  I have combined buttons, gears and other metal findings to create the fairies.  
To make them wire together layers of buttons and gears to create the "tail".  Adhere image to a thin piece of chipboard, fussy cut the image and glue to the top button.  Add wings and gem to head piece.
Supplies: Altered Pages Fairy Dolls Collage Sheet Buttons Gears and metal pieces Foil Wings Wire  Seed Beads Gem/pearl Quick Dry Glue
Button Fairies would make great embellishments on layouts, cards or gifts! Have fun making them you are only limited by your imagination!
Altered Pages has a monthly themed challenge, please join the design team and create a card or altered …

What is your favorite?

Do you like Wine, maybe a Cosmo or a Gimlet?   Do you drink Skinny Girl?'

We came up with a perfect hostess gift or keeper as a fun and purposeful upcycled project.    

Stephanie and I collaborated, and with some inspiration from the Muse, developed a darling wine accessory!



This starts out as plain old coasters you might get at a restaurant or bar.   Then collages are added to create the right mood.  Using a cropadile, holes are punched, a metal ring inserted and simple wine glass charms are made and inserted onto the ring or each coaster hole.   This keeps both items together so there is no searching for one or the other.    We like the idea of variations using a martini motif or hot pink and black for the Girls!

Have some fun and try it.  Our collages include wine labels and other advertising that is PERFECT for the project....see them here, along with our glues.

Wrapped Up

A few weeks ago I asked Jean about these amazing Sari Silk ribbons that she got for the store. I had been inspired by some beautiful creations that an online friend does with ribbons, fibers, beads and such. I wanted to create a wrapped bracelet my style! with some beautiful remnants [I LOVE upcycling], some altering with my favorite alcohol ink markers, and of course beads and charms. I hope you enjoy!
Along with the gorgeous Sari Silk Ribbons, Jean sent these fabulous charms and beads. they are a great silvery-pewter color which makes them PERFECT for coloring with Alcohol Inks. If you don't have alcohol inks, the next best thing for coloring them [and in my opinion the BEST option] is with your alcohol based markers...Spectrum Noir, Copics, Sharpies, BIC Mark-Its are all alcohol based. They make it easy to make your accessories match your ribbons.
Figure out the length of your wrap up by wrapping an length of beads [loosely strung], or your ribbon around your wrist 4-5 times. …

A Nostalgic Summer Photo Album

Aloha! I hope you are enjoying your summer where you live! (Unless you are one of our friends from down under and are enjoying your winter.) Where I live it's endless summer. But no matter the weather I  have always resonated with the Isak Dinesen quote:
The cure for anything is salt water---tears, sweat, or the sea... This quote, and the fact that I grew up in New York not far from Coney Island, inspired me to create this project.  I found an old photograph album in my stash from a thrift store purchase and decided to use the Altered Pages "Ready to go Package" called On The Boardwalkto create a scrapbook for daydreaming about time travel back to when men (and women) could still look good in those one piece Union Jack style swimsuits.









Thanks for visiting and don't forget Altered Pages is the BEST source of vintage images, ephemera, and has lots of NEW Graphic 45 collections for all of your vintage and Steampunk projects. Stock up while supplies last -Steampunk Spell…

Vintage Blue!

Hi Everyone!  Danie here today with just a quick post and it's a bit late also.  Having been sick the past few days after our return from Melbourne and now that winter is well and truly here you could say the title of my post sums up how I am feeling Vintage (old) and Blue.  But it really is the name of the Collection from Glitz that I have used for my card today.


Altered Pages have a range of Glitz Paper Collections and coordinating trims, embellishments and stamps for you to choose from all of which have a wonderful vintage feel.
My card is made using an image from the Vintage Hats Collage Sheet - AP-11, Glitz Vintage Blue 6 x 6 Papers, Trims and the coordinating Clear Stamp Set. 
The individual half pearls, pearl trim and blue ink are from my stash.  
Also just a reminder that you still have time to enter this month's Altered Pages Challenge - Baby Dolls.  Jean has added a number fabulous item to the prize pack you could win earlier today and don't forget to vote for you…

Baby Doll Challenge More prizes!

We thought we would make the prize package even more interesting by adding to it.

We will include this darling 1/2 yard of 44 inch lovely cotton fabric to celebrate Baby Dolls, Cut-out Dolls, all sorts of Dolls.    

Make sure to submit your project photo when Danie says you can.   

VOTE for your Design Team favorite NOW.  They win a prize too!

Garden Seed Kit

Hi all! Becky Voth here today! Just wanted to share my little  Garden Seed Journal Kit that's in the store RIGHT NOW! :)

It's a great little pocket-sized book where you can store your garden seeds with room for notes! It comes in two different options with slightly different supplies...
Option 1: Paper, collages, ephemera & FULL color, detailed instructions on how to assemble the book from scratch! Only $21.75
Option 2: All of the above AND 3 (YES THREE) sets of Gelatos, Washi Tape, 2 Ink Pads & an Embossing Folder!!! All for only $49.75!
Thanks for stopping by today & don't forget to enter our latest challenge...DOLLS! There's TONS of inspiration from the Design Team over on the Challenge Blog...HERE!
Cheers,

Father's Day Card

Nothing says "I love you" more than a hand made gift or card... Altered Pages has the images that need your imagination to create your one of a kind cards. You can order collage sheets digitally and have them delivered right to your mail box just in time to make your cards for
 Father's Day!
LOVE this image!
Supplies From Altered Pages:  Collage Sheets-That's Class (image of man) Leaky Shed Chipboard Watch Parts Gear Bazzill Antiqued Aged Paper Pad
Stash Scrabble Tile "A" Graphic 45 Key and Bee Clock Face Bingo Card Card Base
Glue Stick Helmar's Quick Dry Glue Card Base Foam Tape Brown ink to desserts edges


Don't forget to join the monthly challenge HERE... the theme is "Baby Dolls." This month we have an amazing prize!  Be sure to vote for your favorite project created by our design team members . 

Vintage Fire Cracker Center Pieces

I can't believe how the year is just flying by... Do you realize that it will be the 4th of July in about 3 weeks!!! I don't know where the time has gone but it's time to start thinking about decorating for the 4th and I've got a fun idea to decorate for your family get-together....


Vintage Fire Cracker Center Pieces
Supplies:

Yard Timber Cut-Offs (3 different sizes) (I raided my Dad's scrap pile)
Patriotic Collage Sheet (I used AP563 Americana)
White Acrylic Paint
Vintage Sheet Music
Brown Ink
Chipboard
Cardstock
Glitter
Raffia
Wired Tinsel

Instructions:

1. Paint the yard timbers with white acrylic paint.

2. Cover each timber with vintage sheet music and add a little vintage feel with a dash of brown ink.

3. Free-hand 3 sizes of stars on chipboard and cut out.  Apply a layer of glue to each star and sprinkle with red, white and blue glitter.  Set aside to dry.

4.  Trim images, ink the edges for a vintage flair and mount on black cardstock.

5. Tie a piece of ribbon, fibe…

ALTERED PAGES CHALLENGE BLOG "BABY DOLLS"

This month on the Altered Pages Challenge Blog our theme is BABY DOLLS!!  I hope you click the link and join us.  All the rules are on the blog, and there is a prize, don't forget!!
I made a shadow box with paper doll items in it.
The collage sheet is AP-1716 "Vintage paper Dolls".  You can find this at the Altered Pages store.  Also from the store is the background paper, Glitz Paper 8x8 Pad.  Only $8 for 48 sheets!!
I cut the doll out and pinned her to the background,  Then, I glued some rope to the background and used little hangers to put her paper doll clothes on.  I glued the little matching shoes to the bottom and added a die cut button with a pin to the top.
So please, come visit us and play along!!   xxDaniella

See the Mailbox Muse Kits with Alternate projects

 See projects from The Mailbox Muse Kits 
 click HERE for Video tutorial
The Muse is the Sister of AlteredPages
Peg Rounds and Terri Sproul asked if they could showcase The Mailbox Muse kits via video and we said YES!

The presentation allows you to see what you can do above and beyond the wonderful project booklet included with the kit.

They had such fun using Encaustics and creating a multi page size journal.   See the techniques and tips they offer.   How to make great expanding  pockets, use unexpected Encaustic ephemera & more!

SUCH FUN using the Center Ring Spectacle & Serengeti Sunrise!!





See kits and membership info  click here

Zentangles have my attention Lately

I admit it.....
It is for lazy and selfish reasons I like Doodles.  

They are very portableThey are not messyThey can be quick or take time as you desireThey are satisfyingThey are calming with orderly chaosThey make me feel good 4 hours
 2 hours


 1/2 hour each
AlteredPagesdoes carry both Micron Pens and doodle cards, fine quality, pressed rounded corner 3 x 3 paper cards for doodling.  I store my pens and cards in a small cigar box for easy portability.   
Some of you may have books on the topics of tangling or doodling and I have found some favorites, I also have found several great videos on YouTube.    Try to watch these for inspiration and relaxation.....each a different take and style.  
Click on each video to see the differences
A Doodle Video by Millande
Stacked Doodles by Cindy at Rainbow Elephant
Doodles by Robert Gasperson

Try Doodling to find your own pace and method for great results.
Enjoy!

An Elephant Never Forgets

Aloha, Gia here to share a Father's Day card I made for my 5 year old to give to my husband this year. It references the common belief that elephant's have a good memory, something that my dear husband does NOT have thanks to diabetes. I used some of the supplies from the Spring 2013 Mailbox Muse kit Serengeti Sunrise.

I love to travel and have been on many different continents but not Africa (yet). With this kit and my love of creating I can experience adventure in my imagination!  This kit has an epic safari theme with images of exotic animals like giraffes, lions, zebra and my personal favorite- the elephants. The artwork in the images is by Karen Ward and is really special. As of the time I am writing this post these kits are still available on the Altered Pages sister site: Mailbox Muse 

I also used some Happy Travels paper from Glitz Designs from the Altered Pages website. The heart map is from the Transparency Pack of the same line.




To make the background texture I used …

Mixing it Up with Gelatos Kit!

Hi everyone!  Danie here with you today!  As you read this post I will be away in Melbourne for a couple of days R & R.  I am here for a two day art get together with my fellow Australian/New Zealand AFA (ATC's for All) Members and then some time out with the family.  It will be our foster son's first time in Melbourne and saying he is excited is a little bit of an understatement.

I was due to design a kit for May and as I love my Faber Castell Gelatos I was thinking of a way to introduce others to how easily and versatile they are to use.



This kit is simply called it Mixing it up with Gelatos and the contents of this kit enables you to create and personalize your own canvas board using Gelatos and other Goodies from Altered Pages.

The full instructions included with the kit details numerous ways to use these Gelatos to create rich color, full textured backgrounds and to coordinate your elements to suit.  You will be water coloring, layering, blending, finger painting, an…

Goin' Rogue!

Yes, I am that girl that tends to go rogue when a deadline is approaching!  That said deadline being this blog post! See, we recently changed up the DT calendar & I didn't have a thing ready to post since I had just posted last week & it's been a crazy "kid's outta school" week!
SO, I decided to post something a little different...Don't get mad at me Jean, but, there are only a handful of supplies from AP used in the following pictures! BUT that is only because I was using up my own stash of stuff that has accumulated over the years & didn't have time to place an order before this post! But, OH how I wished I'd had even MORE of the fabulous finds from the AP shop!!! AND, ladies & gentlemen, this project can SO easily be done WITH many of the supplies purchased at Altered Pages!!
So, without further ado, I present my Tiny Village...I made these with my Art Gypsies gal-pals (we meet every month to do something fantastically creative toge…