Wednesday, February 27, 2013


Here is another altered page in the Chocolate Diary.
The section under the heart is sewing pattern paper that I was using for crayon rubbings and embossing plates. They make nice background papers as they glue down transparent, if you use tissue. The heart is cut from thin quilt batt, painted with glue and embossing powder then heated. The Paris stamped square is painted with bead gel. It's not so easy to see in the photo....

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Send a Smile

I have added some finishing touches to my mixed media backgroung page that I posted here:

Here is the final page:

I added a quote stamp from Quietfire Design, "A Smile that you send out returns to you", and some other elements. A very simple page.

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine Grungy Sparkle AB Spread

This is my attempt at a Valentine's page spread. I don't do Cute, so I went where my muse led me.
A few sparkly rub-on red hearts and two keys, background layers of pink, red, orange and blue paints and sprays, a Victorian lady playing a song to My Valentine, a LOVE quote - Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition. - Alexander Smith
And YOU HOLD THE KEY to my Heart, stamped.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Blue on Blue Challenge

This month's Challenge on the AB Yahoo group is all about colour and textures.

The Blue that came to my mind for this Challenge is the song ‘Blue on Blue’ by Bobby Vinton.
I printed the lyrics of the song and began collaging strips and scraps of papers and text onto the page with the lyrics, along with some serviettes pieces and washi tape.
The next step was the blue glaze over everything.
The chipboard letters were covered with gesso, then textured paint, then a thin layer of crackle paste, and more paint to show the cracks. I did some paint dribbles, and other dimensional paint scratches, giving more texture. The broken heart seemed fitting!

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Altered Book Completed

If you are like me, you will be altering a variety of books simultaneously. I will pick up any book to work in, as I am not a 'theme' worker.
I have various sized books and journals, bound differently, with a variety of page quality.
Wherever the mood takes me - I work with it.
Well, I have completed an AB that I started ages ago, and have put the finishing touches on the last two spreads. Here they are, along with the jeweled cover:

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Altered Book for card album cover

I saw an album on Pinterest sometime ago, and thought I would try a variation of it for my favorite cards, given to me by special friends and family.
I gutted an old book, (keeping those pages for future collages) covered it with scrapping papers, and inserted binder rings with some bugel beads threaded onto them. I decorated the cover with fabric roses that look like dried flowers, and glued on a couple of embellishments. Top right one is made with Model Magic air dry clay, painted with acrylics and my new 'love' Inka Gold.
Have you tried this type of album?

a few cards added - I think it works well
I will make another for Christmas cards.

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