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Odds for the End of the Month

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Or rather just some odds and ends today.  I've been "swamped" with personal family fun and I've be asked to be Featured Artist for......  Not telling yet.  So I've been so busy I haven't blogged as much this week.  I thought I would share some of what I call "my friendly competition that I'll never win, with Connie Mercer, the junkin' queen."  LOL 

Here is something I picked up while I was in Florida a few weeks ago.  A type tray.  I've been in love with this since I first saw Ali Edwards play with them.  Around here they are too expensive.  I found this one in Florida for $25.00 and I talked the owner down to $18.00.  To me it was a steal.  I haven't totally decided how I want to use it.  What do you think?



I have fallen in love with birdhouses lately.  I went to a flea market and found this beautiful piece.  Okay, was $4.00 too much?  I so don't think so.  Fix the door and do some alterations and I will be in birdhouse heaven.

My Little Voice said "Keep It Simple"

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After doing the fabulous and adventuresome project of my altered album I felt like I needed to do something very simple.  I have these photos of Little Honey at the Pink Chalk House at the zoo that I really wanted to put in one layout.  I decided to still be a bit adventuresome for me and do a double page layout.

Make sure to click on the photo for a closer view.

Ingredients:  background paper Kaisercraft; Jenni Bowlin Core'dinations; Heidi Grace photo corners; Fiskars Jenni Bowlin Scalloped Banner; Bag O' Buttons; Jenni Bowlin chipboard button, Ali Edwards stamp "today"; Spellbinders Persian Motifs; Tim Holtz ribbon; PSE photo editing and journaling.

I believe the thing that kept going through my mind was "tell a story."  I wanted the photos to tell the story of Little Honey at the Little Pink Chalk House at the zoo.  The inside of the little house is painted with the chalkboard paint and the zoo supplies plenty of chalk.  It is an incredible piece of chil…

What Do You See? page 6

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It's the last page and I want to start over and do it again!  This has been some incredible fun. 

I wanted to do a monochromatic page but it not quite work out that way.  It is certainly something I am going to have to learn more about. 

My base was created from Molding Paste by Golden Artist Colors.  I know little about the different paint mediums, but this was a fun one to work with. 

(Photos of this page look crocked and the photo is as I can't take the page out of the book... but the elements are straight.)
Ingredients:   Molding Paste; Fiskars Asian Inspired Stamps; Jenni Bowlin's Grandma's Doily punch; Maya Road chipboard letters, Dymo Label Maker; Ranger's Archival Ink Red; Tim Holtz paper tape; Imaginsce pearls; white acrylic paint; Magic Mesh; ribbon; rick rack.

I added the musical score paper tape to both corners of the page.  I painted the entire page in a white wash I made with a good acrylic paint and water.  Using Magic Mesh as a stencil I painted ove…

"All Girl" Mixed Media Scrapbooking

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I'm down to the next to the last page.  It has been so much fun I've been tempted to purchase another record album-album to alter!

The next challenge was to use scraps and stamp, stamp, stamp.  At this point it was getting to hard to stamp directly onto the record album sleeve.  I decided to pull out my blank ATC cards and stamp on them and adhere them to the album sleeve.  Then have a bit of fun embellishing and stamping on top that the base card.

Main Ingredients:  ATC cards; Inkadinkdoo Carousel stamp; Tim Holtz Distress Stains and Inks; Ranger Embossing Ink and Clear Embossing Powder; Other Ingredients: Fiskars Humming Bird squeeze punch; Making Memories tiny alphas; Tim Holtz Idea-ology, number, spinner, small gears, paper tape, and words; Fiskars Asian Inspired and Midnight Kisses stamps; Bo Bunny Serenity; K&Co. letters; Tim Holtz music score stamp.

To get the base I just stamped the carousel horse on the each ATC card and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I we…

"i believe i can fly" .. mixed media scrapbook

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Of all the pages in my altered record album-album this is my favorite. The challenge from Jean Marmo had to do with Modge Podge, tissue, and stamping.  I tried to incorporate all three in my altered page. 


Ingredients:  tissue paper, watercolor pencils, white acrylic paint, Tattered Angel's Glimmer Mist, Modge Podge, WeRMemory Keepers twine, Fiskars/Jenni Bowlin Banner Squeeze Punch, Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz music stamp, Ranger Archival Ink, Magic Mesh, Saukra gel pen, Ranger Dabber Red Pepper, Tim Holtz letters, White Enamel from Ranger, Antique Linen Distress Ink 

I used my Magic Mesh as a stencil and added the white paint to the mesh to add a bit to the background that I did ink with Antique Linen Distress Ink.  I cut out a hot air balloon from a sturdy piece of white cardstock then used Bo Bunny's Serenity paper to layer several design/colors.  I covered it with tissue in small pieces and covered it with Modge Podge.  After it dried I stamped the the balloon and added…

Mixed Media and Scrapbooking

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It's now page three and while I was in the middle of creating this altered Record Album-Album for my granddaughter I totally fell in with the feel and exciting of playing with mixed media. One of my first hero's of mixed media and scrapbooking was and is Nathalie Kalbach from Nathalie's Studio.  I wish I could just spend a year studying her blog and taking all her classes.  She is incredible! 

I took my inspiration from Nathalie and challenge from Cheryl Waters, Fiskars Craft Ambassador for this next page.  The challenge was creating abstract design with Fiskars border punches.  This is how it went:

Distress Inks; Ranger Archival Ink; Fiskars Lacy Days of Summer, Upper Crest, Apron Lace, and Diamond Edge border punches; Fiskars USX butterfly; epoxy stickers are from Fiskars Cloud9..old, old, old...;  Bo Bunny Serenity


The background is made from a stencil, "pouncing" on two colors ink, went back over it with vintage photo distress ink, flicked with water, an…

Page 2 Altered Record Album-Album Mixed Media

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We are on page two my Altered Record Album-Album Mixed Media.  I think it starts getting more interesting as the challenge did not have detailed tutorials but rather instructions with a challenge at this point.  The challenge is about misting.


Background...four different mist colors from Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists.  I created a mask from Fiskars Jenni Bowlin's Jester border punch and mist some more.  For good measure I spatter mist by spritzing it into a small lid and dipping a toothbrush into the mist and then flicking it over the page.

I created my banner with Jenni's Scalloped Banner Squeeze Punch...but I did it differently.  You can see it on my YouTube Tutorial HERE.
I also used Fiskars "Bird is the Word" Squeeze Punch but cut it up to get different looks.  This is a Limited Edition punch and I could not easily find it on the net.  It's worth it because of it's versatility to find this one and pick it up for your stash.  

My journaling/title are sta…

Altered Record album Album Page 1|Mixed Media

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Page one was a challenge on this old 1949 manila style paper.  The tutorial on how to do the paint and wax is on YouTube by Cheryl Waters, Fiskars Craft Ambassor and Mix Media Artist

This is my take on her tag.  The first photo is a bit more brilliant on the color than the original.  I was taking photos late at night.

Ingredients:  Bo Bunny Serenity, Robin's Nest Dew Drops, Tim Holtz idea-ology clock face and spinner; Distress Inks Peacock Feathers, Fire Brick, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain; Suze Wienburg Bees Wax and Melting Pot; Ali Edwards Stamp "dream" and Ranger's Archival Ink; Fiskars USX Butterfly template and Asian Inspired Stamps.


Tip:  if you brush your wax on too thick in one area let it cool and then use Kandi's Hot Wax Art® Stylus
to smooth and spread it out for a more even spread. 

Tip:  I have a lot of the plastic dividers from scrapbooking ArtBin storage pieces.  I cut one down to size, slipped it in the pocket that houses the record in order to kee…

I Had a Brain Storm...Altered Art Scrapbooking

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I totally love to go antiquing or as Connie says "junkin'."   While I was in Florida I saw something in an antique shop that got the creative side of my brain turning.  I looked at a couple of shops back here in South Carolina and didn't find exactly what I was looking for. My friend Ruth gave me a call and said let's go and I said Yes!

I told Ruth what I was looking for and I finally found it, matter-of-fact I found a whole booth full of what I wanted.  But the price for this item ran from 8 dollars for the one I really didn't want to 20.00 for the one I really wanted.  I decided to pass and was very disappointed.  We hit up the next shop that neither of us had been to before.  Now this place had some real vintage and antique items.  As we were going from one room to the next through what was once a closet I saw something of what I wanted, on floor, under the last shelf, no light and way to the back.  I'm down on my hands and knees going through everythi…