Skip to main content

Meet the Altered Pages Designers: Barbara Rankin!

 At Altered Pages we have a very talented Design Team!
Today we are honored to introduce you to
Hi everyone.  Barbara here with my Altered Pages Design Team Moment. Each month, one of our design team members will share some bits of information about themselves, and any fun facts and accomplishments we think you might find interesting.  

First of all, I am so thrilled to be continuing my adventure with the AP Design Team.  I have been a crafter since early childhood.  I have always loved making things, from those crazy, loopy potholders for every family member, to visiting the creek in my local woods for marine clay to make ashtrays or bowls for everyone.  Next came sewing my own clothes.  I actually became quite the seamstress, if I do say so myself.  A natural progression to needlework, i.e., cross-stitch and needlepoint, came next.  I won several blue ribbons at various needlework exhibitions, to include winning three ribbons (First Place, President’s Choice, and People’s Choice) for my reproduction of a cross-stitch sampler made in 1769 on 50 count linen with silk thread, at the Oatlands Plantation Needlework Exhibition in Leesburg, Virginia.  It was the hit of the show and I am very happy that my beloved mother lived long enough to see this accomplishment.  

Pergamano, the ancient art of embossing on vellum, was next.  I entered and won an international contest, judged by Janet Wilson, renowned Pergamano artist and author.  This was such an honor for me.   This next led me to find my way to rubber stamping and graduating into a self-taught, mixed media artist.  

I have taught classes at my local scrapbook store, as well as to the members of my local stamp club.  I have also been a guest instructor at another out-of-state stamp club on several occasions.  I am on several design teams, and have been published in Altered Arts Magazine and Just Steampunk, Volumes 2, 4, and 6, as well as a  book entitled “Make it in Minutes: Mini Books”.  My style has changed dramatically over the years.  Now, I prefer vintage or shabby chic, with a sprinkling of steampunk whenever possible. I have a wonderful, supportive husband of thirty-three years, and we share our home with our two cute little Yorkie fur babies, Chloe and Zoe.

Here are a few of my favorite projects:


Here are a few more of our favorites of Barbara's work!!!

Visit Barbara's blog here:

Popular posts from this blog

DINA WAKLEY Featured Artist

We are SO Proud to present Dina Wakley with her ART and February Tip  (oops, she says she is totally disorganized, so there is HOPE for all of us!)

Dina Wakley is a mixed-media artist and teacher. She loves everything about art: creating it, thinking about it, looking at it, and teaching it. Dina is passionate about teaching art. She teaches both in-person and online workshops.  She is a docent at the Phoenix Art Museum, where she gives tours to school groups and gets kids excited about art. As a Ranger Signature Designer, Dina designs a line of mixed-media art supplies that includes acrylic paints, mediums, brushes, rubber stamps, stencils, and more. Look for the Dina Wakley Media Line by Ranger at a store near you.  Dina's books Art Journal Freedom and Art Journal Courage are available now. Also look for three new North Light DVDs starring Dina, available this month: "Art Journal Mark Making and Throwing Ink," Art Journal Color Courage," and "Art Journal Stenci…

Rolling with my Gel Press

I love experimenting with different ways to create texture and interest on my Gel Press and for many years now I have turned to fun foam to help do this when monoprinting.  I love to team the fun foam with my dies to create my own stamps and texture plates.  I used this techniques for my prints in January that I shared here on the blog. There are lots of dies that have detail, meaning lots of scrap pieces which you can randomly stick onto cardboard giving you a stamp as well as using the actually die cut shape as a stamp.  Another idea is using them attached to a toilet roll to create a brayer like roller was shared at my local scrapbook store and on a video by Birgit Koopsen last year.  I love playing with this method. The toilet roll is slipped over a paint roller handle.

Here you can see some of my texture creations that I have on hand for my play today.

One texture I love is created using a piece of burlap ribbon, which I have stuck onto a toilet roll. My first layer above used th…

The Gift Card Card

Robin here and today I have a project for you that is a fun way to give gift cards or cash.  

You will need two envelopes for this project.  One is what the post office calls the 6 1/4 Commercial envelope.  When I was growing up we just called it a letter envelope.  It's a smaller rectangle than the #10, being just 3 5/8" x 6 1/4".  The other is a standard A6.  I chose the A6 because it fits inside the letter envelope when it's folded in half and it's also large enough to hold a check or cash, as well as a gift card.

With the flap against the body of the envelope, fold it in half from side to side.  Cut the flap in half and trim the inside cuts at an angle so that they don't interfere with the fold or get bunched up. 

Decorate the flap side of your envelope.  This will be the inside of your card.  Fold the envelope again and decorate the side that will be the front of your card.

Cut a panel of card stock to fit inside the 6 1/4 Commercial (letter) envelope.  Att…