Saturday, December 28, 2013

Altered Pages ~ New Years Eve


If you have a gift for the hostess of your  
New Years Eve Party, 
add a beautiful gift tag to give it a personal touch! 
Supplies:
Pen Nib
Glitter paper
Large Tag
Fiber
Foam Dots
Glue
Chipboard Swirl 
Adhere glitter paper to large tag.
Paint chipboard black - dry - paint with Wink of Stella.
 Paint Wink of Stella around the edge of the Kraft Clock. Adhere chipboard and clock with pen nib to tag.
 
Print 2 copies of the Altered Pages Ring in the New Year Collage Sheet. Paint the first image with Wink of Stella. Fussy cut the image of the couple dancing from the second image adhere to thin chipboard. Attach the couple to the first image with foam dots. Adhere to tag. 
  
Add sparkly fiber & Glitz Large Rhinestone and you have a beautiful tag to adorn your hostess gift!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas fun with Lilly!

Lilly is a true joy in our life, 
we love her dearly!
Watching her get her ball and bone 
out of her stocking was so much fun to watch!





MORE LILLY PICS!


Hope you enjoyed family and friends 
as much as we did! 
Now onto a NEW YEAR!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas!!!!

Wishing you and yours a 
Very Merry Christmas
Postmark on card 1922
Ballard Station, WA

Saturday, December 21, 2013

A Very Merry STEAMPUNK Holiday Blog Hop!

Leslierahye is hosting A Very Merry Holiday Steampunk Blog Hop today!  I have been busy with the holidays as many of you may be, getting last minute things bought, wrapped, mailed and cooked! I took out a little time to share one of my tricks in altering ready made ornaments!
Go to your local craft store, thrift store or anyplace that has ornaments for sale.  I usually wait till the end of the season and get them at a discount to use next year.
Supplies: 
Ornament for the base
Gears
Locking washers 
Glue

 Just add gears!
I think it sort of looks like a propeller!

What do you think?
The medium size gear I layered on a locking washer (from the hardware store) to give it dimension! 

 A tree full of these would be beautiful!

The trick is to find something you can alter... 
makes the project so much easier!

A card from a post a few days ago!

HAPPY STEAMPUNK 
and
 MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
Below are the links to all the participants.  Please visit each one and let them know you were by!!!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Altered Pages Monday ~ Last minute gifts!

Have a few last minute gifts for the people with everything? What about making them one or two special ornaments designed specifically for them using Altered Pages Collage sheets?  You can order digital collage sheets and have them in plenty of time to make your gifts.

What are their likes? Cats, for the cat lover, dogs, for the dog lover, Marie Antoinette, wedding or a traditional Christmas theme.  
WORK IN PROGRESS on my table
Supplies:
Altered Pages Collage Sheets
Glass ornaments
Stickles 

Cut images to fit the ornament. If you use a round ornament there will be some creases in the paper you are applying. Adhere the images with Sakura Crystal Lacquer.  Frame the images with Stickles.

I promise to share the completed projects in a later post!



Saturday, December 14, 2013

Christmas with a bit of STEAMPUNK!


Today I have a card with a little steampunk! Did you know that Altered Pages has their own stamps original stamps? The Gentleman Steampunk is just one of them.  Check the rest of the originals HERE!
Cut the base panel from a sheet of paper from the GLITZ Hello December 6x6 paper pad, wrap the left side of the panel with Steampunk Washi Tape.  Color the die cut gears with brown ink and add a bit of sparkle to them with the Wink of Stella - Silver.  Add the Kraft Paper Clock Face and  to the large gear.  Adhere the gears to the card using glue and foam tape to add dimension.
Stamp the Altered Pages Gentleman Steampunk Hat with black ink, heat emboss with clear embossing powder and color with Tim Holtz Distress Markers and a bit of bling with the Wink of Stella - Silver.  Use foam tape to adhere hat add the holly for a Christmas touch! Attach the panel to the card base!
Supplies:
Wink of Stella - Silver (appears gold in the pictures)
Card Base
Foam Tape
Die Cut Gears
Tim Holtz Distress Markers

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Smeared & Smudged December Member Blog Hop!

Today I am sharing with you a small altered cigar box called CHRISTMAS MORNING! It is a project I did for DominoArts! At the bottom of my post you will find the links to all the participants! Please stop by and let everyone know you were there!
The tag is a domino with alcohol ink, trimmed with The Robin's Nest Dew Drops and stamped with A Muse stamps!
UNDER THE TREE Game Pieces: Monopoly: Car, Ship and Hotel Bingo Number Tidily Wink Piece Jack Chess Knight Purple Castle
Other Pieces inside the box: Bottle brush Christmas tree, bear, present, train, blocks, French horn, book, pine cones, wreath button, ribbon snow flakes, wooden spools, brass toy soldier and a little elf. Additional Supplies: Domino Stamp Alcohol Ink The Robin's Nest Dew Drops Jewelry finding - bail Small cigar box White Gesso (primer on the box) Craft Paint The Robin’s Nest Paper Outside box Red Stripe Glitter The Robin’s Nest Paper Inside box Flame Glitter Swirls Altered Pages Collage sheet Elves and Gnomes Image Drawer pull Ribbon Vintage holly leaves
Black Dragon
Lyneen
Kay
Julia
Laura
Evil Edna
Shoni
Maureen
Rocio
Kapree
Fiona
Susan

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Designing With Handmade Paper!

I love working with paper. Making dresses with handmade paper is so much fun. Cut the paper, get it damp and it is easy to work with. 

This was my submission for the 
Design Team Call!

I am really excited to say that I will be joining the design team here at Arnold Grummer's!
 

If you have a dress form to work with it makes it easier to form the wet paper to create the dress. Before the paper is  wet run a thread about every 1/2 inch through the top of the skirt to help hold the gathers. After the paper is wet gently (VERY GENTLY) pull the thread to make the gathers. 
Here is the damp paper dress tied with ribbon on the form ready to dry overnight. When making a project like this allow plenty of drying time.
Dried pieces are able to free stand.  To make the dress I free cut the a skirt, three parts for the bodice and the sleeves.
Lace was added to the front of the skirt and first two pieces of the bodice adhered for the base structure.

Third piece of the bodice is trimmed with lace around the neck, edges and over the cap sleeves. Then it finished off with a brass bow!
Add the sleeves trimmed with lace around the cuffs. The dress is 14 inches from the back of the neck to the bottom of the skirt.

It is amazing how getting paper wet changes when it is worked with. The dress is able to stand on its own. Spritz dress lightly with Glimmer Mist to give it some sparkle!  Note: If you get the paper too wet it will loose the form.

Supplies:
Handmade paper
Lace (spritzed with Glimmer Mist)
Brass Bow
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist - Crushed Eggshells
Dress form
Needle and Thread

Be sure to visit the Arnold Grummer's blog and 
see what the design team is up to!

Monday Altered Pages ~ Christmas Tree!

This month the Altered Pages Challenge Theme is COLORS OF THE SEASON. My inspiration project is the Christmas Tree Book Kit from Altered Pages. You can participate in the Challenge... got HERE to learn more!
TOP OF THE TREE BOOK
To start I primed the chipboard with Gesso, then painted each of the sections different colors; maroon, gold and green, added paper from the Glitz HELLO DECEMBER 6x6 pad and added a bit of sparkle with Stickles!

Now to assemble and decorate the tree!!!

Supplies:
Stickles
Ribbon and trims

Time is running out... but you still have time to order before CHRISTMAS!!!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

The Robin's Nest - A Sparkly Blue & White Christmas


Christmas is my favorite time of year... I love the music, decorations, all the lights, special cookies, and the occasional snow.  Most of all I love Christmas crafts!  
Today I have made a wreath with AWESOME Robin's Nest papers from the Russian Winter Collection and a lot of glitter!


To make the wreath cut paper into 4 inch squares, make into cones using double stick tape. With craft glue add silver glitter to the rims of each cone, let dry. 
Once the cones are dry fold the tip down about one inch from the bottom .  Adhere the cones to the foam base with craft glue, lining up the fold with the center of the wreath (small straight help keep the cones in place), let dry.  Glue down the tips of the cones in the center of the wreath straight pins help to hold in place). Add a ring of glue around the inside of the wreath and sprinkle with glitter. 
When finish embellish the wreath, here we have a simple birds nest.

Supplies:
Papers from The Robbin's Nest
Moss Green Classic Glitter Cardstock

Other Supplies:
Double stick tape
Small straight pins
Silver Glitter
Styrofoam wreath
Craft Glue
Birds nest