Friday, April 18, 2014


It is that time of year again for a Hippty Hoppity Steampunk Spring Blog Hop with our host Leslierahye.  Be sure to visit all the participants blogs and leave a comment.  Links to all blogs can be found at the bottom of this post!

To prep the plastic eggs glue the seam with Tacky Glue.  Gesso two thin layers of torn tissue paper on the egg.  I used old sewing pattern tissue. Dry between layers.  The gesso & tissue paper make a great surface to apply paint.   Paint a couple of layers on the eggs using Art Anthology Sorbet Dimension Paint - Gold, Baby Blue Eyes & Kenyan.  With Tacky glue add all the gems and bling that make these FABER-PUNK EGGS!

Large Plastic Eggs from the Dollar Store
Tissue (sewing patterns work great)
Art Anthology Sorbet Dimension Paint - Gold, Baby Blue Eyes & Kenyan - from Altered Pages
Locking Washers from the hardware store
Robin's Nest Dew Drops
Miscellaneous beads
Charms - Crowns & Bow
Tacky Glue


Monday, April 14, 2014

Arnold Grummer's Bird Notes!

A few weeks ago I shared this post on the Arnold Grummer's blog.

I was making more papers, working on my technique of making THIN papers.  Why?  To make it easier to fold the paper and get really nice mitered corners.

When making the paper I used Arnold Grummer's Paper Additive and on some of the sheets I added Arnold Grummer's Iridescent Flakes.

Arnold Grummer's Complete Paper Mill Kit
Arnold Grummer's Paper Additive
Arnold Grummer's Iridescent Flakes
Arnold Grummer's Sticky Notes Starter Kit
Paper from the shredder
Bird cookie cutter
Pattern paper
Ribbon Flower
Again you find me working with the Arnold Grummer's Papermill Complete Kit. If this is your first time making paper with Arnold Grummer's Papermill Complete Kit, be sure to watch the Basic Paper Making video making paper couldn't be any easier.

Here are some of my very thin sheets of paper first just after being poured. Second just before I sponge out the water. 
To make my little birds I put a cookie cutter on the the screen in the Arnold Grummer's Papermill.  Then carefully poured the pulp in the cutter. Drain the water just like I was making a sheet of paper.  

My finished products this time around.  Little birds and thin sheets of paper.

Now to make one of Arnold Grummer's Sticky Notes Starter Kit.  The instructions are right on the template!
First, trace the template on to a piece of handmade paper. Cute the outside solid lines. 

Glue book boards in place first covers then spine, using the traced fold lines as guides. Fold, press and glue long flaps first. Then fold in the ends.  My paper was pretty thin and folded nicely.

Glue liner onto inside of book. Let  glue dry, gently score and fold cover. 

Glue note pad inside of book.

Embellish cover. Wrap the book with ribbon and cover with  a strip of paper that coordinates with the inside cover. Add a couple of flowers and one of my paper birds.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Tea with Alice!

Altered Pages is playing along with Unruly PaperArts this month. 
 The monthly theme at Unrly PaperArts is Teacups an Tiaras!
Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorite subjects... 
when I think of tea I see ALICE!
Paint the Leaky Shed Teacup and Crown with gesso, dry, then paint teacup with Silk Pink Grapefruit and dry, trim with German Scrap. Paint crown with Golden Iridescent Gold, top with Robbin's Nest Dew Drops.

Distress edges of envelope with Brown and Black ink.  Adhere doily edge doily with Wink of Stella - Silver. Layer the Mad Hatter Party image from the Alice in Wonderland Collage Sheet.

Adhere Alice and Queen to thin chipboard and fussy cut to give a little dimension.

Alice in Wonderland Collage Sheet
Alice's Utterly Mad Party Collage Sheet- Mailbox Muse Kit
Vintage Playing Cards Collage Sheet
Leaky Shed Crowns
Leaky Shed Teacup
Silk Pink Grapefruit
German Scrap
Wink of Stella - Silver
Robins Nest Dew Drops
Cake Charm
Clock Charm
VLVS! Stamp "Off With Her Head"
Brown and Black Ink
Old envelope
Vintage Postage Stamp

Visit Unruly PaperArts see what everyone is creating!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April Fool's Day!

Postcard sent in 1917 
Postcard from my personal collection!

April fish

"In Italy, France, Belgium, and French-speaking areas of Switzerland and Canada, April 1 tradition is often known as "April fish" (poisson d'avril in French or pesce d'aprile in Italian). This includes attempting to attach a paper fish to the victim's back without being noticed. Such fish feature prominently on many late 19th- to early 20th-century French April Fools' Day postcards."

Monday, March 31, 2014


Here we are the last day of March and the end of Altered Pages promotion with The Robin's Nest.  We sure hope your were inspired by the projects we shared this month.  If you didn't please take the time to visit The Robin's Nest Blog and see the projects their team created with Altered Pages collage sheets.

Today I am sharing an "Alice" card.

Red Glitter Swirl Paper
VLVS! Off With Her Head!
Red Stickles

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Craft Hoarders Anonymous Entry

Graphic 45 ~ By the SEA

I call this "Postcards from the Sea!"

Inside there are pockets to hold all the postcards in the Graphic 45 8x8 pad.

For this project I used my handmade papers and Graphic 45 By the Sea 8x8 paper pad. The background of the book is spritz with blue and egg shell, with brown ink distressing the edges. The front and back chipboard are covered with hand made papers before adding the wonderful By the Sea papers. Added to the cover are small sea shells with a bit of Stickles. The final touch is a vintage ribbon.

Handmade Paper
Arnold Grummer's Complete Paper Mill Kit
Arnold Grummer's Accordion Fold Book
Graphic 45 - By the Sea 8X8 pad
Ink - Brown and Blue
Small shells from stash
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist - Crushed Shells
Mister Huey's Color Mist - Seafoam

I am entering this project in the 

Arnold Grummer's Sneak Peak ~ By the Sea

Here is a Sneak Peak of my accordion book, visit  Arnold Grummer's Blog to see my full post!