Friday, September 23, 2016

Beautiful Ladies ATCs

Hi, two weeks ago I promised to share the complete altered pocket page with you that I was creating with unusual card bases.  Today, I have a lot of photos for you.  There is a long list of supplies so I'll list them at the end of the post.  If you want to see a close-up of each of these cards, please see my post over at Altered Pages Artsociates, the Altered Pages blog.  And be sure to submit your original ATC are photos and scans to be featured on the blog!

There are nine ATC cards involved in the project, which means 18 different designs.  Here we go...

And here are the cards inside the plastic pocket page.  The page is folded into three and fits inside a standard #10 envelope!

Supplies found at Altered Pages:

Friday, September 9, 2016

ATCs - A beginning

Happy Friday!  What does an ATC mean to you?  I can tell you they are little works of art, with dimensions of 2.5" x 3.5", but what are they to you?  Do you swap them?  Put them in lunchboxes to brighten the family's day?  Use them as business cards? 

Today, I'm using them as the building blocks of an altered pocket page.  These are just the base cards and I will share the finished project with you later in the month.  Of course, you can buy cards already cut to the perfect size or make your own from card stock. 

My goal was to use a different type of base for each one.  So in the photos below, you will find a book pocket and check-out card, a glassine envelope, cardboard packaging and, of course, card stock.  Each one was cut to standard ATC size and has the first layer of design.  Most of the scrapbook paper here is from the Glitz Yours Truly paper pad.



My next post on the Altered Pages Artsociates blog in two weeks will show them decorated and ready to send off to a pen pal!  I hope you'll come back to see the finished project.

Join us at Altered Pages this month for ATC Awesomeness! 
You can submit up to three photos each week.
It's not mandatory but we would really like for you to incorporate AlteredPages products with your ATCs.

•Prizes will be given weekly by random drawing to one lucky person.
•You simply send a photo of your ATC creation*, we will add it to the blog. You can submit any day of the week.
•Each Sunday a prize will be displayed on the Blog.
•The following Sunday a prize will be awarded.

*Send your ATC photos one of two ways:
Email to:
Facebook to:
ADD hashtag #SeptemberATC so we know you want to be entered in the prize drawing.
Prizes include papers, stamps, art pencils and more!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

You hold the key

Hello friends.  I have nother fun little project for anyone with school-aged children.  I made this key fob specifically with teachers in mind, but you could easily adapt this for other uses.  When I was in school, teachers kept the supply cabinet or rest room keys on a block of wood so that we kids wouldn't lose them.  That's where this idea was born.

If you have ever bought a container of blank recordable CDs you have probably noticed the blank at the bottom.  This disc-like piece of plastic is there to protect the discs until you're ready to use them.  But what do you do with it when the package is empty?  You could certainly pitch it into your recycle bin.  But if you are into upcycling at all, you might want to be a little more creative.

I chose to use the School Rules! collage sheet and printed it a couple of times just in case I needed duplicates for any reason.  I cut out all of the cartoon school images.  There are relly nice photos on this sheet as well.  Once my images were all cut out I grabbed a roll of double-sided adhesive tape.  Although I didn't, you could seal the disc once all of the images are taped down.  If you use laser printed images, gel medium would be a great sealer.  I suggest doing that before finishing off the back.

Using your favorite heavy duty punch, make a hole at the bottom close to center large enough to hold an S-hook.  Use a pair of pliers to close the hook so it doesn't fall off.  Add your key to the other end and close that, as well.  Additional hooks can be easily added at evenly spaced intervals to the left and right of center.

You could stop here and keep this key fob in a desk drawer or add another hook at the top to keep in on a peg.  I chose to make it a magnet. 

These magnet sheets have an adhesive side so you can turn virtually anything into a magnet.  It's strong but also thin.  I used a round scallop cutting die and had no trouble at all with my manual die cut machine.

Just press the adhesive side to the plastic disc and you're done!

And hey, have you ever wondered what you should do with that empty round container that these discs came in?  Use it to hold your yarn cake as your knit or crochet!  Cut out the center circle on the lid for a feeder hole.  The center post will hold it securely.  No more runaway yarn!

Come back tomorrow to see more project ideas that the Altered Pages Design Team has to share! 

Friday, August 12, 2016

Harvesting the Grape

Hello everyone!  If you ask parents of school aged children they might tell you that summer is almost over.  After all, school will be starting soon if your local district hasn't already begun.  As autumn draws closer, I think of the fall vegetable and fruit harvests.  It's my favorite season and I look forward to the fall colors and cooler temps.  I've tried to capture some of that in my card today.

The collage image is mounted on cardstock and attached with foam squares so that the card isn't just flat.  I added a few paper flowers and some Dew Drops in the same basic color scheme as the background.  There is still plenty of space to add a sentiment later...or not. 

If you would like to see the rest of the process, please visit my post at Altered Pages Artsociates.

Supplies used:
Sheet music paper, cut to size
Card stock

Come back again and see what other projects the Altered Pages Design Team has to share with you! 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

A Dixie Belle Canvas

Hello my artsy friends!  All month long the Altered Pages Design Team has been sharing projects using Dixie Belle paints.  There have been some really wonderful DIY and art projects. I think it's great that this paint works equally well for both.

Today I have a 5x7 canvas board to share.  I started with three base colors.  Dixie Belle Terra Cotta and Grunge Glaze and gesso for shading.

I used the palette to mix darker and lighter shades of the Terra Cotta paint and added it to the canvas board at random. To make areas even darker or lighter I used the glaze or gesso without mixing.

While the board was still wet, I used my fingers and my brush to get the last of each of the colors and drip them on to the canvas.  The board was thumped on the scrap paper to encourage the paint to drip the length of the board.  Then I turned it the other direction and repeated.

StazOn ink works very well over paint so I used three colors to make the bricks and darken the edges.  I lightly heated the ink with a heat tool without getting close just to be sure the ink was set enough to handle.  Then I used a white gel pen to outline the stenciled bricks by hand.  More ink was sponged in the top corner to give it some balance.

The lightened Terra Cotta paint coats this chipboard balloon.  StazOn ink was rubbed around the edged with a cotton swab and then the Grunge Glaze was added to the two outer stripes on each side.

One of the color tag alphabets made a great sentiment and a multi-color piece of ribbon finishes the piece.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Birds or fairies?

Bird house?  Or maybe a Fairy House?  I guess it depends on which you're trying to attract!  I had a little raw wood birdhouse in my big box of "someday" projects.  Which would you call it?


Dixie Belle Terra Cotta Paint

Gel Medium

Altered Pages Collage - Children on the Wing

Altered Pages Collage - Sepia Collage

StazOn Cloudy Sky gray ink

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A little tag art

Hi friends!  Going away parties are always full of mixed emotions for me.  I'm happy for my friend or coworker who is moving on to bigger and better things, but I'm also sad that I won't see them as often.  So when I find myself giving a going away present I like to make it personal.  Today's project is a gift tag for a going away present. If you are interested in seeing the step-by-step photos, please hop over to my post on the Altered Pages Artsociates blog.

There are a lot of layers of texture on this miniature art project.  I hope you will have fun making your own tag art!  Come back again tomorrow for another project idea from the Altered Pages Design Team.


Altered collage – Travel Images XL
Altered collage – All Things French Mailbox Muse kit