Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Smudgefest 2015 DAY 2!

This week I am playing along with SMEARED AND SMUDGED!!!! 

Today is day two of the week long extravaganza called Smudgefest at Smeared and Smudged. Every day a new prompt will be announced, and players have 24 hours to create and upload a project based on that day’s theme. All the details can be found on the More Smeared Ink blog.
 Today is ‘TAPE Tuesday– use any kind of TAPE  in your project.

Smeared & Smudged Fortune Teller
Chameleon Pens
Graphic 45 - Rare Oddity
Washi Tape

Monday, August 3, 2015

Smudgefest 2015 DAY 1!

This week I am playing along with SMEARED AND SMUDGED!!!! 

Today is the beginning of the week long extravaganza called Smudgefest at Smeared and Smudged. Every day a new prompt will be announced, and players have 24 hours to create and upload a project based on that day’s theme. All the details can be found on the More Smeared Ink blog.
 Today is ‘Metal Monday’ – use some metal in your project.
The heart lock charm is my "METAL"
The Skull is a Smeared and Smudged digital image printed on a transparency.

Smeared and Smudged digital image Skull
Graphic 45 Rare Oddities card
Echo Park pattern paper
Black Ribbon
Chipboard key
Jolee's Spider

I joined the fun last year!  Excited to be back!!!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Take a Trip Visit the USA!

Have you traveled much in the USA?
Many people never leave the state they were born in!
How many of the states have you visited?
Do you have a favorite state? 
Which ones are on your bucket list to visit?
Have you visited any that fit "the first visit is last visit"?
Any point of interest you want to see?
We hope to inspire some travel,
some creative inspiration
and more this month...
while the Altered Pages Design Team shares
"Take a Trip Visit the USA"
Visit the Altered Pages Blog this month!!!
See what states the design team visits this month!!!

There are only a handful of states I haven't stepped foot in.  One of my Bucket List items is to visit all 50 states!  At last count I think I am 15 states shy of reaching my goal!

Another one on my dreams is to travel ROUTE 66. Visit all the old towns that once were thriving before the interstates were built!  While traveling along the open road see if it is possible to count at least one license plate from each state!  Do you think I will find Hawaii on Route 66?

Make a dream board of the places you would like to visit! Things you would like to do!

My intention was to give the collage an old map feel. If you were to travel on Route 66 you would drive through 8 states! 

The highway, which became one of the most famous roads in America, originally ran from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona before ending at Santa Monica, California, covering a total of 2,448 miles... Route 66 underwent many improvements and realignments over its lifetime, and it was officially removed from the United States Highway System on June 27, 1985~ Wikipedia

Black Cardstock for the base
Altered Pages Collage Sheets
Route 66, Drive Me Anywhere and Altered Portfolio
Glue Stick
Alpha letters

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A Wedding Card

A wedding card for my cousin and his new bride.... CONGRATS!
 I love vintage wedding images!

Altered Pages Collage image Victorian Weddings
Pattern Paper
Double Stick tape
Tacky Glue
Brown ink
Authentique "Irresistible Components"

Monday, July 27, 2015


In June the Unruly PaperArts Design Team shared all things "M". I case you missed it I am sharing it here on my blog!!
I decided to share two "M"bossing techniques.  I'm sharing two stamp resist techniques creating Masterboards with embossing powder.  Masterboards are patterned papers created for backgrounds in scrapbook layouts, greeting cards, ATCs, mixed media and any other paper-crafting project.

If you follow my blog you know I use a lot of embossing powder on my projects.  Many of you may have some embossing powder gathering dust from your stamping days.  Here is a way to use some of your old stash!

Masterboard with Spray Mists

12 x 12 light color cardstock
3-4 rubber stamps (Mailbox Muse Postal
VersaMark clear
Clear embossing powder
Heat gun
2-3 colors of spray mists
Paper towels
Brown Bag (open and flat)
Bath Towel
Stamp first image with clear VersaMark in a random pattern all over the cardstock, then sprinkle with clear embossing powder, remove excess embossing powder and apply heat with heat gun to melt the embossing powder.   Repeat with the second and third stamps until you have your desired pattern.

Spray one mist color on the paper and let dry.  Repeat with additional colors as desired, letting each color dry first to prevent muddying the colors.
Once the cardstock is completely dry and you are happy with your blend of color mists, lay the cardstock face up on a folded bath towel and cover with the paper bag.  Slowly move a hot iron (no steam) over the top of the bag, the bag will absorb the embossing powder leaving the stamped image on the cardstock. Watch your images pop! 
A card using the Masterboard as background paper!
Painting Masterboard with Gelatos 

12 x 12 light color cardstock
Rubber stamp - large image is best for this technique
VersaMark clear
Clear embossing powder
Heat gun
Gelatos 4-6 colors
Mister bottle of water
Non-stick craft mat
Paper towels

Stamp a random pattern across the cardstock, sprinkle with clear embossing powder, remove excess powder.  Melt embossing powder with heat gun.
Color the Gelatos pigment stick directly on the non-stick craft mat and mist lightly with water. 

Blend the pigment and water with finger tip, drying your finger between colors to keep from muddying them.

Lay the embossed cardstock upside down, on the wet craft mat. and gently press into the colors. Carefully lift and repeat as needed to cover the cardstock with color.  If the colors look like they are being muddied on the cardstock stop and let them dry before adding more color.
 If the colors look like they are blending on the craft mat, wipe it clean and start with fresh Gelatos.
With a paper towel gently remove color from the embossed images, the paper is wet and will ball up if you rub too hard.
Allow the cardstock to dry, painted side up.  With all the moisture in this technique, the paper will tend to curl.  I leave it as is and work out the curls when I cut the paper down to the size I need.  If you try to iron it flat be sure to use paper as the embossing powder will be removed with a hot iron.
A card using the Masterboard pattern paper.
Have FUN creating your own MASTERBOARDS! 

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Masterboard Card!

Using a masterboard for card making!   


I made this Key Pattern masterboard with my Stencil 1 Repeat Wallpaper Stencil, PanPastels and VersaMark! You can see my post HERE on the Altered Pages blog!

Here is a card I made with my masterboard.
YOU hold the KEY to my HeART!

Here I a card using the Stencil 1 masterboard as my background!  Other supplies: Key Charm, Ribbon, German Scrap and a sentiment printed on the computer.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Sneak peak at the Summer Mailbox Muse Kit!!!

 Summer 2015 Mailbox Muse Kit will be mailing soon!!!


Not a member of the Mailbox Muse? Learn more HERE to gain discount codes, videos and more!  You can buy kits but with membership you get all the perks!

 12 x 12 papers and assorted trims (trims may vary)

A fairy tale card!
See the post on the Altered Pages blog today for more details HERE!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4 of JULY

I think I am addicted to Altered Pocket Pages... here I am sharing one for the 4th of July!!!
Two Altered Pages Collage Sheets were used:  Patriotic People and Land of the Free
I first get everything cut out and then I start playing with the arrangement.  There is not right or wrong way to make your cards.  If you prefer you can make them each individually one at a time.

Assorted Pattern Papers
 Each card measures 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 and place in Page Protector.

I love adding ribbons to the side of my pages!

Wishing you and your family a safe 4th of July!