Friday, May 16, 2014

Hello art lovers!  It's FRIDAY and I am ready to share.   In today's post I am taking a departure from the creepy baby doll head book I've been working on to take of something that needed replacing. My trusty cell phone case is all cracked...been dropped one too many times I guess.  So, today I am going to show you how to create your very own original cell phone case using mostly Altered Pages products.  We all have phones and why not make them as original as possible, right?  Right!

This project was so easy and I am thoroughly happy with the end result.  I really only used a few supplies and it didn't take too long at all.  Great for a quick crafting fix.  I used a Glitz paper that I love. It is the Glitz 8 x 8 paper pack "Enchanted Waters".  Honestly, I have gone to this paper pack so many times.  I also used the ever so fun Glitz Giant Gems in "Carpe Diem".  In the picture I show Dew Drops, but I ended up not using them, for this project, but who says I am stopping at one phone case?? :-)  I think you can add dew drops to just about anything...if it stands still Dew Drop it!  You can see in this picture that I used a blank cell phone case (which you can grab at most stores these days).

In the picture below you can see that all I did was trace and cut out the paper to fit the case just right and yes, it took a little tweaking here and there.  As usual it was better for me to cut the size a little larger than I needed and then I just kept trimming until it was just right, including the cut out for the camera.  My X-acto came in very handy here. 

In this next picture is the final project.  I got a little craft happy and for got to grab a couple more pics, but really it was just cutting out the paper as shown above and then blinging out the front of the case.  I stamped the word Love on the Glitz paper, fit it in the case and then came the embellishments.  I added my Glitz Giant Gem (using a little Crystal Lacquer for extra hold) and some black rhinestone cup chain from my jewelry stash.  I used a really strong super glue for that addition.  Not that I am terribly hard on my phone, but it is always and I do mean ALWAYS in my hands, so that was my thinking with the super glue.  I suspect that Crystal Lacquer would have been just fine for the cup chain too. 

I am really happy with the finished product.  I even got a "YOU MADE THAT!?!" from my teenager...I think I will take that as a compliment.  

I did want to show you other cute options with some fun combinations using paper and charms all from Altered Pages.  The following pic is showing the awesome boho chic Bohemian Bazaar paper collection from Graphic 45.  I also loved the idea of a little contrasting washi tape and more cup chain. 

The chevron paper below is also a Glitz paper.  This is from the Color Me Happy 8 x 8 paper pack.  I thought this one paired with some cute nautical themed charms adhered to the front of the case would be adorable. 

I hope you enjoyed the project.  I also hope you found some inspiration to DIY something useful into a little work of art all your own.  I think a fun, funky cell phone case would also make a great gift.  Just make sure you know what style and version of phone you are buying for when picking out your plain case. 

Be sure to check back with the blog...I always have something fun up my sleeve. 

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Took a break...

Hello art friends...Stephanie here. I feel like I say this far too many times, but it just fits...Happy Friday!!! I am posting today in conjunction with the Altered Pages Blog.

Okay, so the other day I was taking my son, Jake to go to the skate park. As we were headed out the front door I realized I was actually going to have some quiet time while he skated. I knew I could find a tree to sit under and just do whatever I wanted for an hour or two. So, as we were grabbing water bottles, sun screen and wrist guards I also grabbed my "art where you are" bag. I have posted about this before. It is a cute little tote that I always have stocked with my small journal, water brushes, water colors, mechanical pencil and a micron pen or two.

Am I happy that I remember this little gem of my art supply stash. I really do try to keep it either in the car or at least in and easy to grab location...'cause you never know when or where the mood or opportunity will strike to be able to create.

So, here is my take a minute to smell the roses, hold my breath while I watch my kid be a complete and total daredevil hopefully without breaking any bones (been there, done that more times than I prefer) and create art all simultaneously.

So, we get to the skate park, which is actually part of a much larger city park with lots of great amenities, I found a quiet little table in the shade and there just so happened to be a tree right there as a perfect subject to sketch. 

I grabbed my journal and got busy...busy relaxing and painting that that is my kind of busy!

I am happy to report that I carved out some time for art, my son had a great time with his buddy's shredding the rails with front side ollies and tail grinds with not a single broken bone. Now, that is a great day! 

Make sure you check the Altered Pages Blog this entire month. Our Design Team is working together with Eileen Hull Designs and the "Artists on the Block" team and I just know it is going to be a great collaboration. So, don't miss it! 

As always remember to get all of your must have art supplies at Altered Pages. Supplies used for this journal page can be found at the links below:

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and remember stop back by the never know what we will be altering for you!