Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Trending Tuesday Butterfly Tag

Hello there!  Welcome to Trending Tuesday.  The Altered Pages Design Team has a fun little excursion for you through stencils and collages.  This is the "trending" theme for today's hop.  I hope you have fun checking it out.  Make sure to stop at everyone's blog to see all the great examples that they have created using stencils and collage.

I have made a butterfly tag for you today.  I used the 6x6 Daisy Cluster Stencil and butterfly collages for my main theme. I also used Gelatos in the "Tropical" color family, a fun little stamp, turquoise beads to create dimensional flowers and UT embossing powder to give it a morning dew type of effect.

You probably are getting used to hearing us talk about our Gelatos...everyone just loves them and I am no different.  Here I used a very small amount of my Snow cone and Watermelon Gelatos.  I added a tiny bit of water to soften it just a touch.  I then simply used my finger over the Daisy Cluster stencil to add the paint.  

I stamped, in black Staz On, the "Altered" stamp.  I fussy cut my butterflies and mounted them with dimensional double sided squares.  This was an easy way to get the effect of them flying over the tag surface.  

I stamped the tag and butterflies randomly with clear embossing ink and embossed with clear UT.  All that was left was to add the flower bead accents and ribbon.  And, here is the finished tag.  I think this would be a cute little addition attached to a Springtime wreath, gift basket or gift bag.  


Be sure to get all your supplies at  Altered Pages.  You can find the specific supplies used in this post at the links below.  Thanks for stopping by!  Stephanie 

Butterfly Collage
Tropical Gelatos
Dimensional adhesives

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Explosion Box WIP

That moment when you realize it is FRIDAY! Yes, oh yes!

This weekend has exciting things in store and therefore today's post is going to be short and sweet and will showcase a work in progress. This is a WIP as it is going to be taught this weekend at an Altered Pages Event at Vintage Bliss, in Gilbert, AZ. I will be teaching a class on how to make an Explosion Box! 

I love this project because the possibilities are endless. It can be a totally fun greeting card. It could work as a vessel for gift giving or even a self contained mini scrap book. I am 100% for sure making these for just about every holiday...can you imagine Halloween?!?!

I will have a follow up post showing the finished project, pix of the gals having fun making it and all the instructions for you to make one of your own.

For now, I have attached a bunch of teaser pics of the beginning process. We will be adding many layers of embellishments as well as plenty of pockets for cute little tags that can include photo's or little stamped or hand written messages. We will be adding (to name just a few) collage images, crepe trim, seam binding,  ribbon, pearls, charms and just about anything else our pretty little hearts desire. All supplies are available at Altered Pages, of course.  

I hope you enjoyed the baby stages of what is sure to be a blast of a class this Saturday! I promise I will post the end result and all the fun creating it. Have a GREAT weekend...I know I will.   ~ Stephanie

Friday, March 7, 2014

Dreaming of Spring

It's finally Friday!  I know I'm glad that the weekend is just about here.  I'm also glad that next week is Spring Break for my kiddos. So we will be out and about having some fun. 

The Altered Pages Design Team is partnering with Robin's Nest and the two teams are coming up with some fun and imaginative art for you. The thought of warmer weather, fun in the sun and and all these Springy lovelies from Robin's Nest and Altered Pages that are sitting out on my desk put me in the mood for an over sized Springtime tag. 

The background of my tag was made using my turquoise and yellow Niji Oil Pastels. You can find them here. I love how easily the oil pastels blend. I just used my finger to smudge and blend as I went along...super easy. I did add a bit of crackle finish over the top of that and it gave it a neat finish. I rather like it. 

I then began adding layers of torn paper from The Robin's Nest. You can find this oh so pretty pink paper here. I then added a bit of Glitz crepe trim in yellow and a cute little duckling collage image. You can find the yellow crepe trim here and the Springtime collage image here.

I then HAD to add some twinkle. Dew Drops are perfect for this. I added one to the tip of the umbrella and the inset of a flower. I also added them to the crepe trim along with a little scrap of yellow baby ball fringe. You can find the dew drops here. Robin's Nest has every color dew drop imaginable and they even have diamond shapes...so pretty. 

I added a bit of turquoise glitter ribbon for an extra pop of sparkle. Next, was just to finish it off with some ribbon for hanging and done! I'm not sure if this will be given away attached to a gift maybe or kept and incorporated into an Easter display. I have time to figure that out...wait, did I just say that out loud? 

I wanted to show you that I also decorated the back as well using more glitter paper from Robin's Nest as well as their cute butterfly glitter stickers. They also have the cutest rub on's. It made it so easy to add a sentiment to the tag. I have to say that I have worked with a lot of rub on's and these really are awesome! The package came with a popcycle stick so I did't need to grab any other tools. The best part was it actually worked...the first time...without fail or missing sections of lettering. I really love the Robins Nest "rubon". You can find them here.  You can see a couple other colors (blue and yellow) of the glitter paper in the backdrop of the pictures I have taken.  


All ready to give away...if I don't decide to keep it. ;-) 

Happy Friday and Happy Spring, almost!