Friday, December 8, 2017

Ready to ring in the New Year

Today I have a tag that would be a lovely addition to that hostess gift you're taking with you on New Year's Eve.  Perfect for a gift package or hanging on a bottle of wine, this tag will let you ring in the New Year on a festive note.

My inspiration for this tag was the lovely lady in black and white.  I saw her on the Life in the 20s collage sheet and had to use the image.  Don't you just love flappers with all the fringe? 

I made an urban background with a brick stencil and two colors of ink.  I chose one of the clocks on the Time Travel stencil that is about to hit 12:00 midnight.  The bricks and clock are available at Altered Pages and they are two of my favorite stencils.  I added a cityscape with silver ink windows and then layered on some fancy lace and holiday collage images.  

Now...where's the party?

Supplies used:
Bricks stencil
Time Travel stencil
Lace & fibers
Tacky Glue (to hold down the lace)
Double-sided adhesive
Black rhinestone (for the clock center)

Life in the 20s
Calendar Numbers 1-31
Dressed To Ring In the New Year

Friday, November 24, 2017

A little winter romance

Who doesn't need a little romance in their lives?  This happy couple is enjoying a winter skate with a little Christmas angel watching over them.  This is one of the images on the Young Lovers collage sheet and is perfect for a Christmas card for your sweetie or a favorite couple, a winter anniversary or just a note card to say you're thinking of them.  Altered Pages has Christmas collages of all types from Vintage to modern.  Be sure to check them out for your holiday art.

To see the post for details on how it was made, please visit the Altered Pages Artsociates blog.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Retro Christmas Fun

Are you a traditional red-and-green Christmas fan or do you like to step out of the box and go non-traditional?  I have this fantastic paper pad called Fabulous by Authentique and it has a pink & turquoise pattern that reminds me of snowflakes, so I couldn't resist making a retro style Christmas card.

To see the details for putting this retro Christmas card together please visit my post over at the Altered Pages Artsociates blog.

Supplies Used:
Authentique Fabulous 6x6 paper pad
Celebration Trees collage sheet
Dresden Foil Pennant Point gold border
Chipboard snowflakes
Emerald Creek Metallic Mirror Gold embossing powder
Diamond Stickles
Typical card making supplies: scissors, adhesive tape, glue, etc.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Using color with abandon - a Day of the Dead celebration

This is such a fun time of year with the Fall colors outside and Halloween decorations inside.  And then there is Dia de los Muertos!  The Day of the Dead celebrations use color with wild abandon.  Sugar Skulls and flowers burst with a rainbow of color.

The Altered Pages Design Team is highlighting stencils by The Crafters Workshop and I couldn't be happier.  Check out the full post on making this card on the Altered Pages Artsociates blog.

Products Used:
6 x 6 stencil by The Crafters Workshop, designed by Carmen Medlin
Dye inks in various colors
Ole cutouts by Sabor
Honoring the Day of the Dead collage
Standard cardmaking supplies: Scissors, glue, etc.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Purrfect Halloween Wishes

Halloween is coming!  I love the costumes, decorations, whimsy and fun that this holiday brings.  My project this week is a cute Halloween card to get us into the spirit.

I recently got three new stencils from The Crafters Workshop and one of them is a pattern that reminded me of both flames and animal print.  Both of those things say Halloween to me so I decided to make a card with this great pattern by Carmen Medlin as the base design.

I used a piece of orange card stock with a shape cut out like a window.  If you don't have panels with windows already cut out, just grab your favorite basic shape die and cut one.  I sponged black dye ink onto the card stock. 

That's a great start.  I wanted to add a richer color to it so I added touches of red, green and yellow here and there.  Use your favorite blending tool, sponge or spouncer and just keep adding layers until you're happy.  I added green around all of the cut edges and then filled in.

Now for a focal point.  Altered Pages has many Halloween collages ranging from cute enough for toddlers to scary and macabre.  I chose one on the cuter side.  It's from the Halloween Memories sheet.  A Wink of Stella adds just the right touch of sparkle to the pumpkin's glowing face.

Since the image also has a black cat, I thought it was a wonderful chance to use my cat chipboard cutouts.  They are natural chipboard color so I sponged on black ink.  And every tasteful feline needs a collar!  This sheet of border stickers was purrfect.  One strip of the dotted pattern was all I needed to highlight the cat and the stripe on the card front.

A little black bling to balance out the top corner and this card is done and ready to be mailed.  A mail art treat for a friend!

Supplies Used:
Inks in your favorite colors
Blender tool (or spouncer)
Cat chipboard shapes
Border Design 2 stickers
Black bling
The Crafters Workshop stencil
Halloween collage sheet
Card making supplies: scissors, adhesive
A basic shape cutting die

Also posted at Altered Pages Artsociates art blog.  Click here to see the blog post.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Witch's Boot

Fall is quickly approaching and Halloween will be here before you know it.  My project today is a wooden boot place-card holder by Foundations Decor.  Altered Pages sells several different wooden pieces you can decorate and they are all so much fun!

This little boot could also easily have been an elf-boot for Christmas, but thanks to the beautiful temperatures here in Michigan right now I'm really in an autumn mood.  

I chose to make an orange boot for the holiday and selected Dixie Bell's terra cotta chalk paint.  The matte finish of the chalk paint is exactly what I was looking for.

The paint went over the untreated wood beautifully.  Just let it dry completely and you're ready to go on with the decorations.

Altered Pages has a lot of really great Halloween collages.  I looked for collage images that had smaller pictures that would fit on this 3"x 3" boot.

I used the same witch on both the left and right sides of the boot, but made slight changes on each side.  The front and back were decorated, too.  Each of the pictures was cut out and glued in place. The steam coming out of the witches cauldrons was enhanced with Stickles glitter glue.

A slightly smaller witch and black cat were added to the front of the boot, with a little cut out broom laying across the curled toes.

This saying was part of the same picture as the witch on the side of the boot, I just cut it up to allow it to fit.

I also used a collage image with a cat sitting on a pumpkin because there was enough room to write a name for the place-card holder. The image is backed on black paper to help keep it from bending.  A rick-rack patterned Bazzill border was glued to the top of the boot just for more decoration.

Supplies Used:
Foundations Decor witches boot
Dixie Belle Terra Cotta chalk paint
Vintage Halloween collage sheet
Pumpkin It's What's For Dinner collage sheet
Mystery collage sheet
Bazzill edges - black
Scissors & Glue

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Scraps of Love

Hello!  I have a tag art project to share with you today.  I think this would be a perfect gift tag for a wedding or anniversary present.

Last week I made a greeting card with two beautiful Prima background papers and a page of mini sentiments.  If you missed the card, you can see it below.  

To make the card background, I tore the sheets of 6x6 paper into strips.  I had several of these paper strips leftover when the card was done, as well as several other little pieces of paper cut from the paper pad.

What do you do with scraps?  Throw them out?  No, that doesn't work for me with large pieces.  Keep them?  Sure, but where? Better just to use them!  The small squares were trimmed off the greeting card background and were only lightly glued together so I pulled most of them apart.  I started with the largest pieces and used a glue stick to adhere them to a Prima Watercolor Tag.

Then I filled in some of the white space with the little square scraps.

I like texture on my mixed media pieces so I used some punchinella as a stencil and sponged some pearly Prima paint onto the tag in three places.

I really like the green Prima paint.  It's a gorgeous deep, rich color and can be very striking.  I stirred the little pot with a toothpick and thought, "Why not?!"  So I added stripes of paint to the background with the toothpick instead of a paintbrush.  Because the paint was pretty thick in a couple of spots, I let it dry overnight just to be sure it wouldn't smudge.

I know Prima is known for their beautiful flowers, but I think the flowers in this design from their paper pad are just as pretty!  I cut out the white "daisies" and shaped them with a stylus and an old mouse pad to give them a little curve.

Some of these flowers were printed on the edge of the paper so they have flat petals.  I inked these flat edges the same color as the inked edges on the paper scraps and tag itself so that they would be part of the framing effect.

All of the Young Lovers collage sheets at Altered Pages feature historical romance, and I chose one that is just a couple sharing a moment.  But the image wasn't large enough when I printed out the entire collage.  That's okay, these are digital images!  I saved this image as a file and printed it 3x5 and it is perfect.

More of the cut out flowers and sentiments were added to the tag and I glued mini Dew Drops into the center of each flower.

A few fibers tied to the top and the tag is complete.  Leave a comment and let me know what you think.  You'll also be entered into a drawing for a prize!


Prima Life Time Collection 6x6 Paper Pad
Young Lovers III Collage Sheet

Prima Watercolor Tags
Dew DropsPrima Art Alchemy Acrylic Paints
Basic Cardmaking Supplies: ScissorsGlue Stick
Ink for edges