Friday, August 30, 2013

Inspiration Link Friday

This youtube link offers a lot of techniques and tons of inspiration in one minute increments!  Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Art Quote Thursday

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.

Thomas Merton

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Altered Book Wednesday

Today's offering is from a local altered book group that has an ongoing round robin.  The theme was Hollywood Babes.  I generally add words to my altered book spreads but the picture said it all!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Tip Tuesday

Have you ever wanted to use a button, eyelet, brad, charm or other embellishment but couldn't find one in the color you wanted?  Just take a Sharpie marker in the desired shade and color away!  Of course this works best on white or light colored objects but try a dark shade on a dark embellishment, might be just what you need!  Don't like the result?  Take a cotton swap dipped in alcohol, clean the embellishment and give it another try!  Below are two buttons that I colored with Sharpies.  Have a creative Tuesday.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Altered Rolodex Card Monday

I never get tired of creating these!  Below are Monday's cards.  Click on the picture for a larger view.  Thank you for stopping by!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Friday Inspiration Link

I absolutely love this creative lady's blog.  Below is a link to her page on altered book themes but you should really check out her entire blog............ amazing!\

Have a creative weekend.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Art Quote Thursday

True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.
                                                                  Albert Einstein

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Altered Book Wednesday

On Wednesdays I would like to share some of my altered books.  I was planning on a tutorial but that was a tad bit ambitious!  For now, I will share spreads from my completed altered books.  Today's book has the theme of wings.  Below is the cover, spine and the first page.  The cover is created using HVAC tape from the hardware store, chipboard letters and cloth wings (same wings on the pig).  Click on pictures for a larger view.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Tip Tuesday

Recently I bought several vintage rubber stamps.  Some were hard and dried out but I have a tip for you that can salvage and make them usable again.  Take glycerin that you purchase at the pharmacy of any drug store and pour just enough to cover the bottom of a pan or dish.  Place your stamps, rubber down, in the solution and let sit for a couple of days or longer if needed.  The glycerin will plump the rubber stamps and most times restore them to their original condition.  Clean the stamps with stamp cleaner and start creating!  People who restore cars use glycerin to repair dried rubber gaskets but it works great for rubber stamps!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Rolodex Card Monday

I love, love, love used Rolodex cards.  It is so much fun to incorporate the names or companies as themes when altering the cards.  Below are six of my tiny cards, which measure just 3.25 x 1.75 inches. Little but big fun to play with!  Click on the picture for a larger view.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Link Friday

Every Friday I will share a link for sites that offer inspiration for your projects.  Today's link is one of my favorite places to visit.  You can get lost on this site for hours!  Just click on "new stuff" or "quickly find recently uploaded pages."


Thursday, August 15, 2013

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Altered Books

Altered books started my journey of altering paper.  It's not difficult to learn to alter books and they can be sooo addicting!  Below are two pictures of some of my books.  This week I will put together a easy peasy tutorial on how to create your own altered book and share the different steps every Wednesday.  Thank you for stopping by.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Technique Tuesday

Every Tuesday I will post easy techniques or tips.  Today's technique was a project for a local altered book group and the project leaders taught us how to create serendipity paper.  Just take those paper scraps we all have laying around and adhere to card stock using gel medium, a glue stick or your favorite adhesive. You can tear the edges, cut into shapes, whatever your heart desires.  There are no rules!  If you want to further embellish the paper, use rubber stamps.  I chose to use a flourish design.   Again no rules!  Then cut the paper into ATCs, inchies, rolodex cards, etc. Below are my examples.  Many thanks to Lori and Diana for this great idea!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Rolodex Card Monday

Every Monday I plan on sharing some of my altered Rolodex cards.   A Rolodex has been an integral part of the business world for many years but is fast becoming a dinosaur, which makes it perfect fodder for altering! Here are six that I created.  Hope you like them, I do!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

First Post

Today I start a blog!  Woohoo!  This is the place where you will find my paper creations.  I love to alter books, Rolodex cards and create ATCs.  As I learn about the blogging world, it is my desire to share techniques, tips, recipes for making your own products and other's paper creations.  Thank you for joining me on this adventure!