Friday, February 24, 2017

Dragonflies of spring

Hello and Happy Friday!  I know it's only February, but the weather here in Michigan has been warmer than usual and that has me thinking of spring.  The Altered Pages Artsociates are still celebrating greenery and that is the perfect color for spring! 

Products Used - you can find most of them at Altered Pages:
Graphic 45 Artisan Style 6x6 paper pad
Library pocket
Dragonfly Dreams rubber stamp set
Double-sided adhesive & glue stick
Ink (pigment, if you plan to emboss - I used both dye and pigment)
Clear embossing powder
Scissors, paper cutter & Scor Buddy
Fibers - a few different types of yarn for this tag

The Graphic 45 Artisan Style paper pad has three different pages of green designs and each one is two-sided.  I used the paper as panels, strips and squares so that each element of my card blends seamlessly with the next.

I started by cutting 1" strips of each of the patterns.  Some of the strips got cut into 1" squares. 

I laid the squares out on the book pocket until I found a combination that I liked and then glued them down.  It wasn't until the pocket was finished that I realized I forgot to ink the edges!  Good thing I still had more squares.  Here you can see the difference between the two.  The tab at the top was trimmed off for a prettier card.

The edges of the card panels were inked to soften them.  The size of the green panel was determined by placing the tag inside the pocket and then measuring  to leave just an 1/8th of an inch over that size.  The words "DRAGONFLY dreams" were stamped behind the tag so that there won't be an empty space if the tag is removed.  Tags make wonderful bookmarks when they're flat so a book would be an awesome gift to go along with this card.  These library pockets are awesome.  You could easily convert this to a money or gift card holder.

For the tag, I glued down each of the dark pattern strips along the outside edges and then glued the light strip over the top and trimmed everything to fit.  Inking the edges of the tag helps frame them and makes it seem more like a sold piece.  When complete, just add some pretty yarn.

 Using my own pigment ink, I stamped and embossed two dragonflies of each size on a separate piece of paper.  This is the same paper I have used for my card base and it matches the book pocket.

Come back again to see another inspiring project from the Altered Pages design team.

Scanned card

Scanned Tag/Bookmark

Ready to give to my friend who loves to read!

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Friday, February 10, 2017


With Valentine's Day just around the corner I could not resist making a card for my first project this month at the Altered Pages Artsociates blog.  I know Valentines are usually red or pink but we are celebrating green this month and Sabor Papel has a beautiful green design in their Amor collection.  Because green is not a traditional Valentine color, this design would also make a terrific anniversary card.

Sabor Papel Amor Collection - paper and embellishment cut outs
Young Lovers II collage sheet
Gold Glam Sticker Corners
Gel Xtreme PEN gold
Memento Tear Drop ink pad
Sponge Dauber

If you would like to see more photos, please click here.

The finished panel was mounted on green card stock and I think it really makes the red roses pop!

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Paris ... the city of LOVE

I'm celebrating some of the things I love about Paris.  Here's a little sneak peek.  For a closer look at the project, please visit the Altered Pages Artsociates blog.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Feelin' Groovy!

I have a new post to share over at the Altered Pages blog.  I hope you'll check it out - just click this link:

Friday, December 16, 2016

Gift Card Giving

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.  The instructions are over at the Altered Pages Artsociates blog.  I hope you'll check out this quick & fun project.

Happy gift giving!

Supplies Used:
3 sheets of 6x6 Graphic 45
Chipboard snowflake
Double-sided adhesive
2 envelopes
Altered Pages Santa Then And Now collage sheet
Altered Pages Jolly Old St. Nick collage sheet

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

A Jolly Christmas Tag

Who doesn't love those special little personal touches on presents?  Nobody I know!  I love to add decorative gift tags when I wrap my presents for friends and family.  This Jolly Old St. Nick tag will spruce up just about any gift. 

Just write a little note on the back and sign it and you have the perfect accessory!  To see the supplies used, please visit my post over at the Altered Pages Artsociates blog.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

New Year's holiday card

Greetings! We're sharing holiday projects with you this month and I have a quick and easy New Year's collage card. The collage images at Altered Pages can be great for every project from a basic note card to a complex and intricate 3D project. Your imagination is the limit. At least that's usually the only limitation. I have another one right now. About 95% of my crafting items are in storage boxes. That's okay because these few collage sheets I had pulled out for Christmas were great choices for a quick little card.

Here are the supplies I used today:

Collage Sheets:
New Years Revelry
Ring in the New Year
Holiday Pets
Young Lovers

wine goblet charm 
glue stick

P.S. - I'm really looking forward to getting my art supplies set back up in my new studio space.  It's a little bare right now!