Thursday, July 30, 2015

Altered Shoe Blog Hop with ColourArte

Hey there ColourArte-ists!  So glad you stopped by today, because you are in for some real fun!  The ColourArte design team is having an Altered Shoe Blog Hop, so believe me when I say, there is going to be some interesting things to see along the way, I am sure.  If you want to start the hop at the beginning, please click here at the ColourArte blog.
There will be prizes to win from each blog, so be sure to read all the details at the end of my post.

I love birds and flowers and gardens, so, here is my pair of altered shoes, complete with birds, nests, flowers, wings and feathers.  
They started life like this.  Not bad, a nice suede canvas to work with.
Scrub the Radiant Gels Guatemalan Green dimensional paint into the suede on each shoe and allow to dry.  Give the shoes a second coat with Silks African Jade acrylic glaze.
Scrub Fire Opal Silks Acrylic Glaze onto the platform portion of each shoe (left shoe), then cover that with Wine & Roses Silks (right shoe).
Paint the heels with two coats of the Silks Wine & Roses.  In the picture below, it may appear there are two different colors on each shoe, but it is how the light was reflected.  I think these paints are awesome they way they change.  So beautiful.
Add gold metal diamond-shaped studs around the platform.
Glue black trim around the top edge of the shoes.

Die cut two sets of wings from gold handmade paper, and two sets of silver handmade paper.  Emboss with matching embossing folder.  Layer two sets, beginning with the gold paper, then silver, then gold.  Save the second set for another project.   Hit the high spots on each gold wing layer with a light wash of Silks Wine & Roses, just leaving a hint of color.  Glue each set of wings to the heel portion.
I used verdigris hinges to cover the join of the feathers, some jewelry leaves.
I added a decorative metal strip, a filigree metal piece, thread the chain through a metal bead and adhered it so I could get this nice dangly effect.
Die cut two antique handles from grunge paper and emboss with matching embossing folder.  Scrub Silks Bolivian Blue and Kiwi on the grunge paper handles.  Hit the high spots with Cosmic Copper ink pad.
Die cut two bird branches  and two extra birds from grunge paper.  Cover each with white gesso.  Color branch with Silks Cinnamon Brown, Birds with Silks Azurite, a mix of Silks Sunflower and Cinnamon Brown to the beaks, and a mix of Silks Sunflower and Nutmeg for the legs.  Adhere to the outside of the shoes.
A tiny bird's nest and feathers were added over the grunge paper antique handle, with a tiny bird sitting in the nest.
I used some print scrapbook paper inside the shoe to cover the insole.  Some excelsior, fabric flowers, and berry vines were also added inside the shoe.  I wanted it to look like a little garden fit for birds.
Just a few closeups.  I really love how these turned out.  

ColourArte Supplies Used:

Radiant Gels Dimensional Paint:  Guatemalan Green
Silks Acrylic Glaze: Bolivian Blue, Kiwi, Fire Opal, Wine & Roses, African Jade, Cinnamon Brown, Azurite, Sunflower, Nutmeg

Other supplies used:
Pair of Platform High Heel Shoes
Sizzix dies:  Antique Handles, Layered Wings, Bird Branch
Gold and Silver handmade paper
Grunge Paper (Ranger)
Brilliance Cosmic Copper ink pad (Tsukineko)
irResistible Tuxedo Black Pico Embellisher (bird's eyes) (Tsukineko)
Tiny bird's nests (Prima)
Gold metal diamond shaped studs (my stash)
Feathers, metal jewelry, hinges, and chain (my stash)

So now, here are all the details for you to have a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the ColourArte Store.
  • Leave a comment here on my blog
  • Follow my blog (if you don't already)
  • Leave a comment on the ColourArte blog
One winner will be chosen randomly from my blog and will be announced here, on my blog, on Friday, 7 August.

And now, here is a complete list of the design team blog hop stops to make it easier for you to play along.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you enjoy the hop and get some fun inspiration from it.  Most importantly, have fun, and good luck!


Relax with Gina's Designs Lasercuts


Hello chippie fans.  So glad you stopped by today, because I have a really "fun in the sun" related project for you.  I love this Beach Shape Set from Gina's Designs Lasercuts, and I just knew I had to make a wall hanging of some sort for Summer.  Not interested in making a wall hanging?  Well, can you just see these in your summer vacation scrapbook pages?  They would be truly awesome!

After choosing my chipboard pieces, I painted them all with white gesso and let dry.  My final layout changed a bit, but this was a good start.
I painted the open circle piece with Vintage Mustard chalk ink and let dry.  Then I spritzed it with ColourArte Pink Grapefruit Shimmering Mist and water to let it spread and blend. Set aside to dry.

Next, I began work on the anchor chipboard piece.  I added some dimensional designs to it with the Scribbles black 3D paint.  Any color can be used for this part because it will ultimately get covered up.
When that paint dried, I was able to gesso over the lines.  I painted the whole anchor with English Red Oxide acrylic paint.  Then, to make it really rusty, I brushed on gel medium and sprinkled the Stampendous Rust embossing powder over it, heat setting with my heat gun.  (See closeup below).
Lay mesh drywall tape over lighthouse chipboard and spread light molding paste over it.
 Remove tape and let dry.
Paint lighthouse with white acrylic paint and add a very light wash of water and black acrylic paint.  Paint the tower and shed with Cadmium Red mixed with Burnt Umber.
The colors used on each chipboard piece are listed below.

Open circle chipboard - Vintage Mustard chalk paint, Pink Grapefruit Shimmering Mist, water
Large anchor chipboard - English Red Oxide, covered with Rust Embossing Powder and Elements
Starfish - Cadmium Red Hue acrylic paint & Pink Grapefruit Shimmer Mist
Clam Shells - Quinacridone Violet wash, Cadmium Red Hue & Pink Grapefruit Shimmer Mist
Lobsters - Cadmium Red Hue mixed with Burnt Umber
Adirondack chair - Burnt Umber wash
Life Preserver - Titanium white,  Cadmium Red Hue, Burnt Umber wash
Nautilus shells - Cerulean Blue
Sand Dollars - Namorado shimmer mist
Grass & Foilage - Yellow Ochre, Olive Pastel, and Chestnut Roan chalk ink
Relax - Cerulean Blue and Turquoise glass glitter

Turquoise glass glitter was added to the word "Relax" and as accents around the shells at the bottom.  I glued the netting to the back of the open circle, adding a few shells to the net to appear as if they were caught in it.  The sisal was added to the anchor, as shown.    

Supplies used:

Gina's Designs Lasercuts:  Beach Shape Set; Grass & Foliage
ColourArte:  Radiant Rains Shimmering Mists:  Pink Grapefruit; Namorado
DecoArt fluid acrylic paints:  Titanium white,  Cadmium Red Hue, Burnt Umber, Cerulean Blue, Quinacridone Violet, Carbon Black
Anchor shaped chipboard (Hobby Lobby)
Open circle shaped chipboard (Hobby Lobby)
Relax wooden word (Michaels)
Light Molding Paste
Mesh drywall tape
3D Paint (Scribbles)
Vintage Mustard Chalk Paint
Rust Embossing Powder and Elements (Stampendous)
Colorbox chalk ink pads:  Chestnut Roan, Yellow Ochre, Olive Pastel
Nautical netting
Natural Sisal rope
Turquoise glitter glass

And here are a few more closeups of each section.       

Thanks for stopping by today, and be sure to visit Gina's Designs Lasercuts for all of your chipboard needs.  She has such a wonderful collection, and each set is simply out of this world!!!  Okay, did I say I love chipboard?  {smiles}

Have a wonderful, crafty weekend everyone!  And be sure to stop by the blog for a constant supply of inspiration!


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Meet the New ColourArte Design Team

Hello everyone!  I have some wonderful news to share with you all today.  I have been asked to be a part of the ColourArte design team for another term, and I could not be more thrilled.  I will be on their newly-formed Video Team.  So, in addition to regular posts on the ColourArte blog, you will also get great video tutorials from the rest of the team.

Did you know that ColourArte has their own YouTube video channel?  You can view lots of tutorials on how to use the products, as well as learn new tips and techniques.

Did you know that ColourArte has a monthly blog challenge where you can link up your projects for a chance to win ColourArte products?

And that's not all, each month, on the 15th and 30th of every month, ColourArte sponsors a Scavenger Hunt.  Visit the ColourArte blog on those dates and then play along for even more chances to win their products!

In case this is your first time hearing about ColourArte, let me tell you a bit about them.  ColourArte is the company that makes those fabulous Twinkling H20s that we have all grown to love, but in addition to that, they also make those shimmery Silks Acrylic Glazes, as well as Primary Elements Artists Pigments™, Radiant Rains Shimmering Mists and Color Concentrate Daubers, plus a thick, dimensional paint known as Radiant Gels.  

Whether you are a mixed media artist, scrapbooker, card maker or paper crafter, you will find the line of products from ColourArte to be an amazing addition to each of your artistic creations.

I hope you will not only visit the online shop, but also check out their Facebook page by clicking here, and be sure to LIKE their page.  That way, you will get all the latest news and updates, and sales, too!  And be sure to stop by their blog to meet the new Design Team!!!

In addition, you can find me right here, and you can also view my videos on my very own YouTube video channel.  And if you subscribe to both channels, you won't miss a thing.  

Crafty hugs,


Monday, July 27, 2015

Mixed Media Fall Wall Hanging

Hello everyone.  Barbara here with Altered Pages.  Are you thinking of Fall yet, with its crisper, cooler air and beautiful colors?  Let's face it, when it is freezing cold outside, we long for Spring and Summer.  When it gets unbearably hot, we long for the cold.  We are a funny creatures.  In any case, we have been sharing everything Fall-related here at Altered Pages.


I decided to make a wall hanging to display in anticipation of the coming of Fall.  

Supplies used:

Falling for Fall collage sheet
Adhesive Corrugated
White gesso
Mix'd Media Inx pads: Leather, Adobe, Vintage, Mossy
VersaMark ink pad
Scroll corners 
Serviette Papers
Bottle caps
Adhesive Dimensionals
Glue Stick
Aleene's Tacky Glue
Double Side Tape Mini
1/2 inch Olive Green Flat Jute
Metal corners (Retired Mailbox Muse kit)
Black card stock
DecoArt Media Mister - Carbon Black
Clear embossing powder
Leaf punch
1" Circle punch

To begin, adhere 6" x 6" Adhesive Corrugated to a piece of mat board for support.  Paint high spots of corrugations with white gesso, let dry.
Apply Adobe and Mossy Mix'd Media ink to corrugate.  Spritz with water and heat dry.
Add Leather Mix'd Media ink to corrugate, spritz with water and heat dry.
Mist lightly with DecoArt Media Mister - Carbon Black, mist with water and heat dry.
Ink chipboard scroll with Mix'd Media Ink (MMI) Vintage and emboss with clear embossing powder (EP).  Lightly dab MMI Adobe onto it and  heat emboss with a second coat of clear EP.
Punch a 1" circle from small red leaves image and flatten a bottle cap.
Ink punched circle with Versamark ink and emboss with clear embossing powder.  Adhere a piece of chipboard to inside of bottle cap.
Adhere embossed print image over chipboard on bottle cap.
Punch leaves from Serviette papers.
Use a sponge to ink leaves with the Mix'd Media ink pads in Vintage, Adobe, and Mossy.  Heat set.
Print leaf background image large enough to use as a background and trim to size (approximately 3-1/2" x 5-1/2").  Layer onto slightly larger piece of black card stock.

Adhere Happy Fall image to slightly larger piece of black card stock.  Adhere all pieces to background, as shown in finished photo above.

Adhere a length of 1/2 inch Olive Green Flat Jute to the back to use as a hanger.  Punch a hole through corrugate and insert Light bulb safety pin through each end.  (The glue is actually holding the jute, the pins are merely decorative).
Add metal corners to each corner to finish it off.

I hope you enjoyed this project, and perhaps you want to make one for yourself.  Be sure to stop by Altered Pages to check on all the fun things you can use to put one of your very own together.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful week!


Friday, July 24, 2015

Go Confidently Mixed Media Journal Page with Sin City Stamps

Hey everyone!  I hope you are enjoying your weekend.  Today, I am going to continue with adding pages to a mini album/journal I made last month.  You can see more about that with complete directions for making the album by clicking here.

I am loving learning more and more about combining my stamps from Sin City Stamps and mixed media, so I wanted to share with you my first page I am going to add to my album.  The pages are made from a nice, thick card stock that is printed on one side only.  So, I will be working on the print side of one and gluing it to the wrong (white) side of the previous page.

Supplies Used:

Sin City Stamps:  Terri Sproul's Wish stamp set; Sparkle Stencil by Terri Sproul
ColourArte:  Twinkling H20s - Sky BlueOrange PeelSweet LavenderSunflower

Prima 12x12 Script Pad
Chocolate ink pad ((Ancient Page)
Texture Paste (Ranger)
Glue n Seal (Ranger)
Liquid Pearls: Platinum, Peacock (Ranger)


Trim card stock to 4-1/2" by 8-1/4".  Cover with a very light coat of clear gesso and let dry.  This will help seal the card stock and allow the paint to work much better, but will not obliterate any of the printed images on it.  Round the corners on the left side of the page, because this will be adhered to the back of the inside page in the book.

Spread texture paste through the sparkle stencil, leaving the edges uneven.  Scrape tiny patches of texture paste with a spatula around page for a cool effect.  Let everything dry.

Stamp three butterflies and two sentiments onto a piece of deli paper with the Chocolate ink pad.
Prepare your Twinks by spritzing some water 2-3 times into each pot to activate the colors.  Add all four colors to the background, misting with water and allowing the colors to run and blend.  Let dry.

Tear deli paper close to each stamped image and adhere to the background with a good adhesive medium, like Glue N Seal.  The deli paper disappears into the background, and gives you crisp, stamped images even over the stenciled paste.
Stamp some dandelions in the open spaces at the bottom of the paper with the Chocolate ink pad.
Color the butterflies with the four Twinks colors, mixing them to your liking.
Make bodies for the butterflies with the Peacock Liquid Pearls.
Add dots of Platinum Liquid Pearls to the dandelions.
This is the book from my previous post.  The inside cover page is what you see extending past the zig zag chipboard cover.  I want to keep that page just as it is because it acts as part of the front of the book.
By working on the first page separately, I was able to keep the printed side of the inside cover page clean.  So, now that my page is completed, I can adhere the two pages together.  This will not only cover the blank white side of the papers, but strengthen the page.  I also rounded the outer corners.
Now that the two are glued together ...
I can punch the binding holes on the side.
Now it is ready to insert into my book.

I hope you enjoyed my mixed media journal page today, and that I have inspired you to make your own journals with your paper stash and these wonderful Sin City Stamp sets.  And this is the perfect time to buy because you can take advantage of this special deal!  Good until the end of the month.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, and have a wonderful and crafty weekend!

P.S.  This is my last post as a member of the Sin City Stamps design team.  Our term is nearing an end and I want to thank everyone for your friendship and support.  However, you may still see me every now and then with more projects to share.  So, until then, happy stamping, everyone!