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Get Well Spoon

Giving Some Sugar to Your Loved Ones          This Cold and Flu Season?    Here's a Spoonful of Sugar to Help          The Medicine Go Down.

When sniffles and achy bones derail holiday cheer, creating a light heart can make the experience bearable.  This "Get Well" card uses many lovely items from Altered Pages!! (Here are the ingredients I "cooked" with): A Merry Christmas Vintage Image Burlap Wood Spoon Silk Ribbon Specimen Bottle Aleene's Tacky Glue Pigment Ink - Peanut Brittle Glitter For Sugar Like This Glass Glitter Clear Embossing Powder Cardstock with Printed Sentiments Brown paper bag scrap
Resized image, printed on cardstock, adhered to burlap. (Notice I glued the burlap up over the Merry Christmas sentiment.)
*** Coated spoon in pigment ink and embossed with clear powder. (I heated and covered with powder 5 times to make it glossy.) *** Glitter to fill the specimen bottle and glued in spoon for sugar. (A drop of glue in the bottom, fill, and a drop on top to seal.) **…

Whew - Who knew Thanks included so much FUN?

I sure hope everyone had as wonderful a Thanksgiving week as we did.


I have no art for you due to all of the preparation for family and friends and festivity.   But I do have photos of our first annual 'Pie Fest'.



Yes, you may drool!   We had chocolate walnut pie, egg custard. pineapple chess pie, cherry cheesecake, raspberry galettes, lemon sunshine pie, pumpkin pecan and peanut butter cream pie.   All homemade and DELISH!



A little cheese, a little wine, some fruits and we were off to a great evening.







As we all sat chatting I asked everyone to tell something that others may not know about them.   We had a person who lived through a tornado that leveled their town in Texas, one person had been a belly dancer, another was in a production of South Pacific.   It was so much fun learning things about friends!

We also had a competition windmill softball pitcher and a winner in track events of the hurdles - and they were Females!

Try this at your next gathering and who knows what you may…

Saturday Shoppers we have ART KITS!!!

Are you letting your fingers do your shopping this year?  Do you like to make your own gifts?  Do you have people on your list that like to create?  Altered Pages has ART KITS that may be just what you are looking for!!!There are over 30 kits to choose from!!! Remember it is SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY!!! Loving from the Kitchen Cookbook Wine Lovers Kit Portable Art Kit A Necklace and many more kits HERE (click to see all of them)! There are gift certificates And Altered Pages will gift wrap!!!
Order a gift at Altered Pages and we will wrap it and ship it for you! How easy is that? It will be wrapped in Kraft paper with twine and a gift tag from you to them! (they can use the paper and twine in a project!) What a delightful surprise AND we make it stress-free for YOU. Maybe a budding artist neice or nephew, scrapbook pals or a favorite aunt. Order today! www.AlteredPages.com

Altered Spoon Art

It's Robin today wishing everyone a happy Friday!  I have a few altered spoons to share with you today.  What won't artists decorate, right?  These little wooden spoons make an adorable little canvas.   You can get a set of 5 at Altered Pages and create a bunch, too!

I began by staining and painting the wooden spoons with various paints and inks.  The bare wood drank it in and needed minimal drying time.  I used a sponge dauber to apply the dark green ink and it took the longest to completely dry.  I was probably a little heavy-handed. 

The spoons come without holes in the handle so you can decorate the entire length.  I wanted to punch holes so I can hang them.  I used a Crop-A-Dile and it went through like butter!


I chose three of these for projects today.  Let me start by saying that if I could do it over, I would make this spoon the other way around so that the angels were at the head of the "body"!  I already had the small square angel images and Dew Drops glued i…

Gelli, Steampunk, Reindeer

This month at Altered Pages we are teaming up with Smeared Ink and featuring some of their wonderful Steampunk inspired Digital Images.  I just couldn't resist choosing their very cute Brass Steampunk Reindeer and teaming it up with a Gelli Plate Background.



Today I reached for my 5 x 7" Gelli Plate which is just perfect for creating backgrounds for cards and tags.  I wanted to create a Steampunk inspired background to go with the Reindeer Image.  So I grabbed out some chipboard gears and cogs I had on hand and after adding a coat of paint (a mix of Green and Red Fluid/Flow Acrylic) to the Gelli Plate, pressed these in like stamps to imprint the design, when you remove them the paint comes with it.



I chose to work with papers for my card today from the Glitz Joyeux Noel Papers and used one of these to pick up my print.  The tiny polka dot design of the paper combined with the print taken from my Gelli Plate adds wonderful interest.

I used another piece from the Joyeux Noel P…

Thanksgiving is for the birds

I don't like Thanksgiving. 

There. I said it. 

I am Betsy Skagen, and you see, I find Thanksgiving booooooring. It stems from sitting through years of formal dinners in my childhood, where the mantra was "children should be seen and not heard." Since my closest sibling is six years older than me, these holidays got pretty lonely. 

I know, I know, we are not exactly talking hardship here. But since I started this sad little tale, I might as well finish explaining why I don't like celebrating the American Thanksgiving. 

Admittedly, mine are shallow reasons--nothing so noble as opposing the blatant romanticism of the pilgrim/Native American history. Nope, I don't like Thanksgiving because there is no gift giving to look forward to, Easter baskets to rummage through or fireworks to ooh and ahhh over. What's the point of handwashing all that china when there's no reward at the end? 

The biggest cause for my disdain, however, may surprise you. Simply put, Thanksgivi…

Wooden Spoon Place-markers!!!

I love holidays... ALL holidays!  Thanksgiving being one on my favorites.  It is a day my family shares our meal with friends and family.  We have a wonderful time... it is wonderful spending time in the kitchen with the wonderful women in my life and my husband who is my biggest helper before everyone arrives.  He always peels all the potatoes!!


For the table this year I decided to make place markers using wooden spoons from Altered Pages with the  Altered Pages Altered Spoons Collage Sheet!  These would be a lot of fun for children to make ay a children's party... or you can make them for any occasion!



These will add a festive touch to any table!

Supplies: Wooden Spoons - 7 inches Brown ink Paper  - Hello December Stickles Altered Pages Altered Spoons Collage Sheet Pinecones from the Park Ribbon or Fiber Leaves - Confetti Tacky Glue Glue Stick Dew Drops Small Clothes Pins


Ink the bowl of the wooden spoons and edges.

Cut strips of paper a little wider than the handle, use emery board or sand pap…

It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year Altered Spoons Canvas

Hi everyone.  Barbara here with my Altered Pages DT post using these adorable wooden spoons.  I decided to go out of my comfort zone, i.e., think outside of the box.  My first thoughts were to decorate the spoons as just that, spoons, but then I decided to use them as architectural elements instead.  I must say, I am quite happy that I did.


Cover an 8x10 Canvas Panel with Burlap using Aleene's Tacky Glue.  Spread gold crackle paste through a stencil, keeping edges uneven for that artsy look.
Allow the paste to dry and crackle naturally on the canvas.
Mix one drop of Blue Splash Inks into an Ultra Fine Mist Sprayer, fill sprayer with water, and randomly mist the light blue color over the canvas, concentrating on the gold stenciled areas for contrast.

Paint three Wood Spoons with Timeless Cream chalk paint and let dry.  Use a spatula to spread white crackle paste over one side of the spoons and allow to dry naturally to form the best crackling effect.
 Mix one drop of each Blue and Mag…