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This weekend represents a loss.
It is a time to remember and thank those who have served for our Freedoms.  

War is not pretty, or exciting, is not glamorous, it is brutal and sad.   We do not celebrate war, we honor those who went and did not come back.

Jack McLay was a friend, I knew him before I knew my husband and did not realize they were best buddies until later. He had a T-bird convertible that was so very cool and if I was lucky he would take me for a ride.  He was kind, always had a smile and had a great family.  

Jack served as a Marine and did not come home from Viet Nam. 



I made a tribute to him for my husband.

Just a kid who did not return.  War SUCKS.

Respect for those who serve and disdain for War are not mutually exclusive.   

Be safe this weekend and say thanks to a Veteran when you see them.  

See Jack's service information, click here




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Remembering Those Who Have Served

I went back to our archives and found a few of our past posts that honor those that have served.  If you like click on the links below the pictures you can visit the original posts.



Scrapbooking Memories of those remembered! by Lyneen Jesse Photo of the veteran sitting on the bench was taken in Pleasanton California. On the bench is inscribed with "Greater love hath no man than this. That a man may down his life for his country."

2015 Brown Bag Book by Lyneen Jesse Red White & Blue


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2015 Card by Robin Horasanian Celebrating Memorial Day

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2016 Canvas Album By Trish Alger ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ We have Patriotic Collage Sheets at Altered Pages
Used to make these cards!
Take time to remember those who have served and continue to serve in the military. Enjoy your self and be safe!

Two floral cards

Greetings!  I have a confession to make.  I was a paper hoarder!  I have bought all types of pretty papers over the years and for a long time I did not use them.  I held them for that one "special card" that I was sure I would need.  A few years ago I made a decision that nothing in my craft stash is off limits!!  No more holding stuff aside.  I bought these supplies intending to use them, so I am!  And I've really gotten into using my small paper pads to make greeting cards.  




I've got two cards for you today.  The first uses the Glitz Sunshine in My Soul 8x8 paper pad.  I've used three different designs to create a spring card.  The pretty yellow flowers pull the yellow out in the design.




And the second card uses the Graphic 45 Home Sweet Home 6x6 paper pad.  Altered Pages has a collage sheet of Fall Splendor, but this bright sunflower belongs on a summery card.  A couple bumblebee buttons from my collection are a fun little touch.




What will you make with your bea…

Change of Place, Change of Pace and a Little Art Too.

Hi Everyone it's Danie here and this week I am currently by the beautiful beach at Coffs Harbour co-hosting a art retreat for eight ladies.  We are encouraging everyone to be explorers be it of our location our art techniques or ourselves.




The beautiful sea and art is healing in so many ways and this week inspired by our beautiful location and have worked with the Mermaid as our Muse.  We are working in a journal and have been exploring the waves and imagining what mermaids would paint with.





Collecting the treasures from the shoreline and flowers and bits and pieces from the nearby landscape we have used some of these as our tools for mark making, as well as creating our art and just like flowers we are encouraging our attendees to bloom with their art.




Using our nature brushes we added marks to our Gel Prints and other work surfaces.

Conversation, Laughter and Connection has been the order of each day and as we play in our journals which in itself is very healing too.



It's a…

Splash Ink My GO TO Paint!

I like to have a package of COLOR ME CRAZY Paintable Flowers on hand for the times I need flowers and don't have the right color! flowers.  I am planning a patriotic project and need red, white and blue flowers!  I couldn't find any flowers that were the right color.  Most of the blues were a shade of dusty blue.  Today I am painting flowers with my GO TO paint SPLASH INKS!

The Color Me Crazy Flowers at AlteredPages.com more than paintable.  You can stamp, chalk and ink the too! Today I am using SPLADH INKS and the Color Me Crazy Flowers!  Use them on paper and porous surfaces. Rich pigments last forever. Mix with mediums, glitter and more. Only four colors come in the package of SPLADH INKS Yellow, Magenta, Blue and Black.
With SPLADH INKS you can create over 100 colors using the recipes included in the package! MAGENTA FLOWERS
Five drops of magenta SPLASH INK was used on a wet flower and it came out to this pale pink color.Just dipping the petals tip and letting the color wick c…

Floral canvas

This month at Altered Pages the theme is flowers.  I created this home d├ęcor 8 x 8 floral canvas.  What a cherished gift for a friend, sister, mother, aunt or it may look perfect on the wall in your own home! 

Using the gorgeous printable florals and teacups images from Altered pages, so beautifully vintage. I chose pink and gold as my colour  base.  I began by using White Gesso to prime, let dry. With gel medium I added vintage text papers, also scraps of papers from my stash (waste not want not!) Let the canvas dry.
I painted the canvas with pale pinks and white acrylic paints.   Then collage the fussy cut images with a gel medium, set aside to dry.  With various pens I enhanced colours, details and shadows. Finally, I painted the border in a metallic gold (you can not tell its metallic in the image).  As an option you could use Gold Gilded Leafing for the border.
I hope you will pop by Altered Pages and see all the fabulous products they have plus all the great stuff happening on t…

Floral trinket box

With all the awesome flowers available at Altered Pages, I had no problem finding something in my stash to decorate. This is a simple little trinket box that would make a great gift or even just shelf decor.



Supply List:
Substrate - paper mache heart shaped box (from my stash) But you could use this too
Paper flowers - These are from Little Bird and they can be used on ANYTHING!
Scrapbook paper
matte paint
paper adhesive
EmbellishmentsI used some little stars from my stash but any of our embellishments would look great!
Ribbon


Here are a few of the items I started with.

First I want to trace the shape of the box on to the REVERSE side of the paper pattern I want to use.  I did have to trim it down a bit to remove the extra (if you don't want to measure, it's really not a big problem. I just eyeballed the thickness of the sides and trimmed that off all around) that way you have the initial shape of your item. I find that the paper mache items can be uneven sometimes so when I am cov…