Wednesday, March 22, 2017

DicroFiber Pocket Cuff by Debi Tullier

I am delighted to share my sewing project with you. I love DicroFibers so much. I also love the TechAttitude fabric. So these two helped me create a fun project.


sharpies (on Hand)
Fabric (on hand)
Sewing Machine
Hole Punch

Comment this week, daily and be included in the random drawings for PPA glue!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Vintage Memories Layout

Vintage Memories are showcased by the creative supplies of and

This lone photo longed for a story. I chose Arizona as the locale and the Salt River as the body of water. It may or may not be true, but that is what the picture said to me.
I combined many glorious creative tools:

USArtQuest Art Paper  
USArtQuest Prills  
USArtQuest Perfect Pigment Acrylic Paint  
USArtQuest PPA Gloss  
USArtQuest Mica D'Lights  
Ink for Aging  
A Vintage Photo  
Lace and Fabric and Burlap Ribbon   
Film Negatives  
Paper Flowers  
Splash Inks  
Alphabet Die Cuts  
Aqua-Flo Water Brush  

Choose some textured USArtQuest Art Paper  and the wonderfully versatile Aqua-Flo Water Brush to watercolor a backdrop design.

 You can see I added some USArtQuest Perfect Pigment Acrylic Paint as well.

Next the Alphabet Die Cuts get a swipe of watercolor inks.

Then a coat of USArtQuest Perfect Pigment Acrylic Paint and USArtQuest Mica D'Lights while still wet. 

Dip the letters in USArtQuest PPA Gloss and another color of 
USArtQuest Mica D'Lights  

Using USArtQuest PPA Gloss and USArtQuest Prills to add to the background paper.

A nice pop of color to your Embellishments too, using USArtQuest PPA Gloss to adhere them. 

Layer up after inking the letters and the lace with some Ink for Aging   

Take a close look at each section for further ideas...

Here is the finished layout and the end of the story.

Thank you USArtQuest!! This was great fun. Jump on over and see all of the wonderful goodies to create with at as an Partner this March.

Thank you for joining our Design Team each day for inspiration.
Ciao for now,
-Trish Alger

Monday, March 20, 2017


This week I spent time watching a few USArtQuest videos.  Susan Pickering Rothamel is an amazing artist with so many ideas and wonderful products.  In one video she sandwiched an image between layers of a mica tile.  I decided to give it a try, I am really happy with the results.

I used an Altered Pages Collage image of the Eiffel Tower.

USArtQuest Duo
USArtQuest PPA
USArtQuest Mica D'lights
USArtQuest Mica Flakes
USArtQuest Prills
USArtQuest Specialty Paper

Split a Mica Tile, adhere collage image with USArtQuest PPA.

Use USArtQuest Duo in a few spots around the image to attach USArtQuest Mica Flakes, and then add a little more USArtQuest Duo to attach USArtQuest Mica Delights.

Adhere specialty handmade papers, green paper to cream with USArtQuest PPA , then with USArtQuest Duo to attach USArtQuest Mica Delights and USArtQuest Prills to the papers.

Attach the Mica Tile to the papers with USArtQuest PPA.  I LOVE all the textures! 

Adhere to a card base with USArtQuest PPA


Sunday, March 19, 2017

A story about USArtQuest

Hello and happy Sunday to YOU

Let's welcome that elusive Spring!

I thought you might enjoy hearing from Susan Pickering Rothamel.

She tells us how she got started and how her business works.   She is an awesome woman with an awesome company.  Thank You Susan for allowing us to partner with you.  We are proud to have a working relationship with a real PRO!

Thanks for visiting today and stay tuned to see our Team create fabulous projects with USArtQuest products.  We will be giving away a bottle of PPA for those who comment on the blog this week (one per day in a random drawing).

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Ride the WAVE!

USArtQuest is partnering with us this month. Paper is one of my addictions and USArtQuest has some of the most amazing handmade papers.  In the blue and gold paper I used today I saw waves, waves that would be perfect for one of the Altered Pages lighthouses! 
This paper has so much texture!
More beautiful USArtQuest papers!
USArtQuest Handmade Paper
USArtQuest Duo
Card base
Image: Lighthouse Collage Sheet
thin chipboard
With Duo attach USArtQuest Gilding to the base of the card.
Adhere the beautiful hand made paper with Double-sided tape.
Mount the image on thin chipboard, then line the edge with a thin gold line.  Adhere with foam dimensional.  

Friday, March 17, 2017

Fun Experimenting with USArtQuest and AlteredPages!

Happy St. Patty's to you all!  
Thanks for stopping by. 

I had a lot of fun this time around experimenting with a medium that I have not had the opportunity to use yet.  I am showcasing Dicro Fusable Fibers in this card project.  This is a really neat embellishment that can be added just about anywhere in your crafts, even quilting!  #USArtQuest

Here we go...

All the goodies planned out...

I have inked the card base around all edges in dark blue.  I took another piece of embossed card stocked that was then inked with Versamark embossing inkpad.   I embossed with gold embossing powder.
Next, came very beautiful Mica Flakes at the top edge.  These are a deep lovely blue hue. 

Next, comes the new and fun Dicro Fibers.  I used black, copper, gold and a bit of the white, all the these have an amazing iridescence to them.  

Here is the "nest" that I made out of my color choices. Placed between parchment and under a warm iron for about 15 seconds and these fibers become a light and airy piece of fabric basically. They make an ethereal background under my celestial collage image.   They can be cut, inked and added to just about anything. 

 Here are all pieces combined including a fun little man in the moon embellishment.  The collage image was torn, inked in gold and adhered to the card using dimensional adhesives to pop it up a bit. 

Thanks again for joining me!
Luck of the Irish to ya! 
Steph S. 

Altered Pages
Celestial collage
Versamark Embossing Ink
Embossing Powder - gold
Dimensional adhesives
ink and stamp pad - in navy blue
Man in the moon face

Thursday, March 16, 2017

my favorite (and the final) fairy layout

Here it is, the final--and, coincidentally, my favorite!--layout in the tiny fairy pop-up book.  (If you didn't see the first two posts, you'll find them HERE and HERE.)

Here you'll see the last little fairy, driving his butterfly chariot:

Fairies, come take me out of this dull world,
For I would ride with you upon the wind,
Run atop of the dishevelled tide,
And dance upon the mountains like a flame.

--William Butler Yeats, "The Land of Heart's Desire"

There's lots of shine to this little book, but you know how difficult that can be to photograph properly!  Stuff I used--

spritzable inks--mists or splash
background stamps and ink pads  (all the Neons are on sale right now!)
fairy collage page
a hint of shimmer--Wink of Stella pens
painty background prints--Gel Press plate

Looking to add a little sparkle and shine to your next project?  USArt Quest has a gorgeous selection of mica tiles, mica flakes, and beautiful Mica D'Lights --"sparkling bits of mica with a touch of glitter."  Gotta say, I love the D'Lights and the Mica Flakes for a little shiny texture.

Happy Thursday--it's almost spring!