Thursday, March 30, 2017

Recyling an Old Book for a Paper Journal

USArtQuest has been an awesome partner with the design team at Altered Pages during March, their products are high quality top of the line. Believe me, no one is paying me to say this! Over the next three days I have a project that I will be sharing in stages.  I am up-cycling an old book to be my journal.  I am not sure if I would call my journal a junk-journal or a glue book.  It is not your typical journal, maybe it should be called a paper journal. 

The plan is to fill this journal with  images of  Marie Antoinette from Altered Pages collection of AWESOME images!

Before we get to the journal I would love to introduce you to the wonderful handmade papers from USArtQuest!

They are a feast to a paper addicts eyes!  I can almost feel them with my eyes!

The colors and textures are to die for, there are mulberry papers, glittered papers, sewn papers, botanicals, even wax.

You will find prints and patterns, USArtQuest has it all.

Back to my journal.  If you touch and feel handmade papers you will not be able to toss even the smallest pieces.  That is where a paper journal comes in.

Along with other USArtQuest and Altered Pages products I will be sharing my paper journal journey!

It will be filled with pockets, tags, envelopes and more!

To start I find old books that have outlived there useful life.  The old books HERE would be great for the cover!

Cut the pages from the spine.  If the book is really old it will practically fall apart. 

Then the fun begins... selecting the papers to use in the paper journal book.

Tomorrow we will add pages to the book! 

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Mica Stamping for Cards

This month at Altered Pages our design team is partnering with USArtQuest.  Today I am using the USArtquest Mica Tiles to stamp the Eiffel Tower to use on my cards from the DIY Card Making Kit.  I had some time at the crop this weekend at the Scrapbook Zone so I got ahead start on my post for Monday!!


With Black ink stamp the Eiffel Tower from Paris Muse Stamp on four sheets of mica, once for each card. Heat emboss with embossing powder to set the ink on the mica.

Addition to the kit card - Flowers
Attach the white paper strip and mica with Double sided tape, (put the tape on the mica where it would be hidden by embellishments)  

Adhere sentiment with Dimensional Adhesives and flowers with Glue.

Additions to the kit card - Bingo Card
Attach the white paper strip and mica with Double sided tape, then the bingo card. 

Attach the then the bingo card, then adhere sentiment with Dimensional Adhesives.  Finally add  a Large Glitz Rhinestone!


Additions to the kit card - Mini Edges
Attach the white paper strip black Mini Edges and mica with Double sided tape 
Adhere sentiment with Dimensional Adhesives. 

Additions to the kit card - Mirrors 
Attach the white paper strip and mica with Double sided tape.
Adhere sentiment with Dimensional Adhesives. Add Mirrors with Glue!
These would be great cards to send individually
or give as a gift set!
Thank you USArtQuest for your generosity!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Thinking of You!

This week one of my a co-workers requested a card for a woman who recently retired from our group.  She isn't doing well and she wanted her to know we were all thinking of her.  Everyone will be signing it and soon she will receive it in the mail!
Supplies used:
KaiserCraft PS I Love - Beloved -12x12
KaiserCraft  PS I Love Ephemera Pack
BoBunny Jewels
White Card Base (5x7)
Pink Cardstock for matting
Scrapbook Adhesive Foam Squares
Double sided tape
Wink of Stella (on the roses)

I am happy with the results.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine ATCs!

One more Valentine Post before the day is over!  I made these at the Scrapbook Zone crop on the 4th.  They were intended for a swap. Not enough time the last week to get them to the post office! 

Products: Mod Podge, DecoArt Pink Leather Paint, Little B Washi Tape, Lilac Lane Seed Beads, Authentique Pattern Paper, Metal Arrow from, also Sharpe Gold Paint Pen and old sheet music.


Will you BE MINE?

Wishing you

I created a sweet Valentine using Altered Pages Victorian Valentine Collage Sheet and beautiful Petaloo Fab Flowers layered on a red card with white doily!
Altered Pages Victorian Valentine Collage Sheet
Glue Stick
Heart Pearl Pins
Petaloo Fab Flowers
Bakers Twine
Heart Button
Black Ink - to ink letters


This is the cutest image!!!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Trader Joe's Asparagus Risotto with Chicken

One of our family dinner favorites is Trader Joe's Asparagus Risotto with Chicken.  You will find the Asparagus Risotto in the frozen section of the store.

Trader Joe's Asparagus Risotto - 1 package
4 Chicken tenders cooked in olive oil and cubed
10 white mushrooms
2 heaping tablespoons of grated parmesan cheese 
(I found all the ingredient's at my Trader Joe's in Silverdale WA)
Cook the tenders (add a little olive oil in the skillet) and cube.  Slice mushrooms and sauté in the same pan chicken was cooked in. Return the chicken to the pan once the mushrooms are sautéed.  
Empty the contents of the Trader Joe's Asparagus Risotto in the skillet and add the parmesan cheese, then stir and cook according to the instructions on the package.

3 servings

We serve it with a salad.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Happy Birthday DAD!

Took DAD to breakfast this weekend to celebrate another birthday! 

Holding the card I made him... This one is made from a picture I copied from a picture I picked up at a thrift store and Graphic 45 paper!  He has all the cards I made from over the years in his room!

We gave him a stack of vintage postcards... his favorite gift!

Happy Birthday Dad!!!