Saturday, May 9, 2015

Mother's Day Link Up Party with Altered Pages

Hello everyone, and Happy Mother's Day to all of you fabulous moms out there.  First off, we are featuring MD Hobby & Craft  products with you this month.  They produce beautiful metal sheets, mesh, rolled aluminum and other items sized for the crafter. 

Today at Altered Pages, we are doing a special post for Mother's Day. A few of the design team members have volunteered to help celebrate this momentous occasion by sharing some inspirational projects, and we want you to join in by linking up a project you've made.  I cannot wait to see what everyone creates!  And to make it easier for you to play along, will be offering two collage sheets for you to download and use in your projects that you link up.  Click here to see what you need to do to link up your project.  

At first, I thought about making a card, but I also love tags, and they, too, can be used just like a card. A sentiment can be written on the back, similar to adding one to the inside of a card.  So, here is my tag "card" for Mother's Day.

Here are some of the Altered Pages products I plan to use on my tag.  I may not use them all, but this is where to start.
Spray large white tag from the Mailbox Muse Animal Extravaganza Spring 2015 Kit with Maya Road Mists Charcoal first.  Leave some white areas and spray those with Cherry Metallic.  Spray randomly over tag with IrResistible Texture Mist Bronze.  Let dry.
Here is a close up of that gorgeous color and texture!
Tear a strip from the music sheet, spritz with water and wrap each end around two paint brushes.  Let dry or speed drying with a heat gun, being careful not to ruin your brush handle.
Now you have a stiff, curly strip of music paper that will keep its shape.  Distress edges with brown ink.
Trim a piece of the Serviette Paper, spritz with Cherry Metallic, dab excess and let dry.  Glue to right edge of tag with a strip of German Scrap Border to cover the glue line.
Cut out one of the beautiful ladies from the Beauty in Green collage sheet and layer onto a slightly larger piece of black card stock.  After stamping and fussy cutting the images from the Muse Stitches rubber stamp set...
here is what I have collected for my tag so far.
Begin laying out and adhering your embellishments.
Cut three diamond shapes from the aluminum mesh, ink each with VersaMark ink.
Dip into detail silver embossing powder and heat set, being careful not to burn yourself.  Remember, it is metal and it does get hot!
Here is a picture of the before and after heat embossed pieces.  Not much difference, so why did I do it?  By adding a coat or two of embossing powder, I was able to cover any sharp edges from where the mesh was cut.  I would hate for my recipient to get "stuck" with a sharp edge.  
Left:  heat embossed                                 Right: bare metal
The three mesh diamond shapes were added to the top of the tag in a pleasing arrangement.  I used 3D Crystal Lacquer to adhere them to the tag.
Closeup at top of tag.  I also died some of the dyeable seam binding with the same Cherry Metallic mist as I used on the tag background and added to the tag hole.
Closeup of the middle of the tag.  I added some flowers that I had left over from a previous project.  
Add 3D Crystal Lacquer to the two buttons to give them a bit of dimension.  I also added some black German Scrap to the very bottom edge of the tag, along with a string of diamond gems.  
One last look at the finished tag.


Altered Pages Collage Sheets: Beauty in Green
Altered Pages Mailbox Muse Kit Muse Stitches rubber stamp set
Mailbox Muse Animal Extravaganza Spring 2015 Kit - Large Tag
IrResistible Texture Mist Bronze
Maya Road Mists:  Charcoal non metallic, Cherry Metallic
Adhesive Dimensionals
Aleene's Tacky Glue
Serviette Papers
Large Music Sheets
German Scrap Border
Dyeable Seam Binding
3D Crystal Lacquer
StazOn Black ink pad
Black Bling

Other supplies:

MD Hobby & Craft Aluminum Mesh
Various colored pencils and markers
Watercolor paper
Paper flowers from my stash
Detail Silver embossing powder
Heat gun

Thanks to our amazing May sponsor!  I have some fun ideas for their products, and I know the design team is also going to be sharing their amazing creations all month.  So be sure to visit often to see what we all come up with.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful Mother's Day weekend!



  1. Wow, love to read all the details here, Barbara, lot of work. And end result is awesome. Beautiful tag!!

    1. Thanks, Shilpa. It was so much fun to make this.

  2. Barbara this tag is sew you♥ You create soft, beautiful projects. I like the tip for the sheet music.

  3. Such a lovely tag Barbara, I really love the pleated music score strip and sewing theme of your elements. Perfect for a Mother's Day Greeting! xx