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Guest Artist Gloria Stengel

ALTERED PAGES is honored to have 
Gloria Stengel 
as our Guest Artist!
Help us welcome her!!!

My name is Gloria Stengel and I live in beautiful, southern California. I am a wife of almost 27 years, and the mom of three kids, and the owner of two cats. I have been hooked on paper crafts all of my life. I have always loved to color, play with paper dolls, and create "projects"! In 1990, I discovered rubber stamping and in 1996, I stumbled across "modern" scrapbooking. I love all aspects of paper crafting: card making, scrapbooking, mini albums, altered art, up-cycling, you name it! I am happiest when I am making a mess! It's the cleaning up part that I don't care for!

My newest passion is designing stamps and other digital paper crafting items. I have stamp designs with Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps (clear/cling) and Hampton Art Stamps (wood mount). I also hope to have my own paper line someday!

I have been on a number of design teams over the past few years, including three terms with Graphic 45. I also accept various guest design spots and work with online stores from time to time. I have recently started my own challenge blog, Craft Hoarders Anonymous. I think the name says it all.

I have a blog, a Facebook Fan Page, and a YouTube channel in order to share my creative work. Please visit my blog, Scraps of Life: for more inspiration and for links to my other "hang outs."

Gloria Shares one of her AMAZING Tags!

Hello happy, altering people! I am so excited to be here as a guest designer on the Altered Pages blog! I do love to alter stuff! I altered a large tag (8 1/2 x 3 1/5 inches) to create a fun, Halloween home decor item. You could also use this for fall decor by making a few changes to the project. 
I love to make tags. They are such a fun canvas to alter. I covered this tag with Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells paper (8x8 pad) before adding all my lumpy stuff! I also added a chipboard bird cage (from the Altered Pages store), which I painted black. I love bird cages, and I love how the detail on the cage matches the detail on the black lace.
I had a digital copy of the Altered Pages Fairy Dolls (AP-1060) and I loved the colors on this fairy. I enlarged her and printed her onto off-white cardstock. I used sharp scissors to fussy cut her, and then I used foam tape to pop her off the page. 
I found a fall spray (from the floral department of the craft store) hiding in my stash of "junk," and I had the idea that the fairy should hold one of the tiny pumpkins in her outstretched hand! Can you see it?  I added lots more flowers and botanicals to the bird cage.
I stamped onto a scrap of paper and trimmed the date with a die template. I sponged some ink over the top.
I also love bottle caps! I have a bin of black, squashed bottle caps that I dig into all the time. (Altered Pages sells bottle caps, too!) I used a circle punch to punch the moon sticker from a sheet of Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells stickers. The moon face fits perfectly inside the bottle cap! I added a postage stamp sticker from the Graphic 45 sheet, plus I cut the butterfly image from the sheet as well. (I have two butterflies on the project, because I had two sheets of the stickers!) I topped the tag with some ribbon and flowers. 
And that is my project! I hope you will stop by my blog (Scraps of Life) and visit.

~ Gloria Stengel

Altered Pages Products Used: Fairy Dolls Collage Sheet (AP-1060) Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells 8x8 Pad Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells Cardstock Stickers Scor-tape Leaky Shed Bird Cage chipboard Other Products Used: Tag: Prima Julie Nutting Aquarelle Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts, Petaloo Fall spray: Craft store Leaves: Prima Bottle cap: Bottle Cap Company Silk ribbon: May Arts Lace: Wild Orchid Crafts Orange sheer ribbon: re-cycled gift packaging Paint: Folk Art Enamel Licorice Ink: Ranger Distress Dried Marigold; Memento Tuxedo Black Stamps: Graphic 45 Happy Haunting Dies: Stampin' Up/Sizzix Apothecary Accents Adhesive: Scotch 3M ATG; Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue


  1. Gloria, your tag is beautiful. I love the colors you chose to work with! Thanks for sharing this great project.

  2. Wowzers!!! I love all the little details in your tag!!! It is a feast for the eyes!!! Simply gorgeous!!!

  3. I like the Autumn colors against the blue background!

  4. Thanks for having me as a special guest! I loved working with the digital image. Make sure you come on over to the blog and see the altered chalkboard I made with another of the altered fairy images! I love the colors so much! Hugs!

  5. Absolutely gorgeous tag, Gloria. I love all the "lumpy" goodness you added, and the fairy holding the tiny pumpkin in her hand is just so clever of you. It looks as though she is offering it to the viewer. Thanks so much for joining us this month. Your work is always awesome!!!!

  6. really delightful piece! so much to see and it invites you to keep looking further!

  7. Truly wonderful work! AP carries G45 papers too!

  8. Beautiful creation Gloria! I love all the little bits here and there - such a great piece for Halloween!


  9. Such a beautiful tag and so lovely to get to know you a little more Gloria, thanks for joining us here at Altered Pages and sharing your art with us!

  10. What a beautiful tag. With each layer it just gets better and better. Thanks for sharing with us!

  11. What a great guest spot!!!! Thanks for sharing with us Gloria!


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