Good morning!  All this week, the designers for Quietfire Design and Scrapbook Adhesives are joining product for some very creative projects.  Today is my day to post on the Quietfire Creations Blog. Here’s a quick look at my project!


Please join me on the Quietfire Creations Blog for all the details and more photos.  There are prizes and lots of creative goodness for you to draw inspiration from, so I do hope you’ll join us and hop along!


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Hello everyone!  I hope you’ve all had a good week and Spring is starting to knock at your door.  If you’re like me, you can’t wait for warmer weather and little sunshine!  I’m so looking forward to short weather!!!!

I’m back today with my completed altered book.  It’s only taken me over a week to find the time to finish it . . .


When I left you last (this post), it looked like this . . .


Using the TCW Mini Harlequin Stencil, white embossing paste was applied to the front (sorry failed to get pictures).  More embossing paste was applied to the middle, moving it out with my fingers.  Once all the embossing paste had dried, the book was painted with Lowe’s Pantone Tropical Oasis satin paint (which is a pretty bright turquoise color).


DecoArt Americana black glossy paint was mixed with DecoArt Staining Antiquing Medium and brushed over the book, wiping away the excess.


The center cherub is part of the Spellbinders® A Gilded Life Collection.  The same black/antiquing mixture was applied to the cherub to add a little more detail. ICE Resin® Shattered Inclusions were added to the bezel part and melted UTEE was poured into the mixture.


Seam binding was dyed with Black Soot Distress Ink and a ribbon was then tied to the top of the cherub.

All in all, I’m fairly happy with the way the book turned out.


Don’t forget that this altered book is part of the eclectic Paperie’s ePlay Challenge – Push Your Boundaries! You still have time to participate this month and maybe you’ll be one of the lucky winners!

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Welcome to eclectic Paperie’s ePlay Challenge – Push Your Boundaries! We’re altering our challenges in 2014, creating one, month-long challenge, increasing the prize drawing, holding a design team blog hop, and including a product discount with each new challenge!  Check out the details below:

  • We’ve combined our two challenges into one, announced on the first Thursday of each month.  This gives the design team more flexibility with challenge topics and projects and allows you more time to enter!
  • We’ll also feature a product each month, and during the first day of the challenge, you’ll receive a discount on the featured product….be sure to check for the special code!
  • Our prize drawing is increasing from $15.00 to a $25.00 gift certificate and the winner of each challenge will be announced on the last Thursday of each month and will be featured on the eP blog.
  • Each month we’ll hold a blog hop featuring the beautiful artwork from our design team…just scroll down to the bottom of the post for all of the links!  Talk about inspiration!!

Our challenges are about encouraging you to explore your creative journey and inspiring you to step outside of your comfort zone.  When you submit your artwork, share a unique card, scrapbook or journal page, a canvas, home décor project, or anything that you’re excited to share!  We’re looking forward to crafting with you!

Today’s special is on Liquitex Acrylic Gesso and Liquitex Acrylic Clear Gesso and for one day only, you can save 10% on a bottle of gesso…perfect for all of your altered projects!  Simply use code GESSO03 when checking out.

This month’s challenge is Altered Books – Gesso.

In 1979 when I first went to work as a legal secretary, I purchased two books – a legal speller and Gregg’s Reference Manual.  The legal speller was altered a year ago and became Shield My Heart.  For this month’s challenge I decided to alter the reference manual.

I began by placing the #4 die from Spellbinders® Classic Rectangles LG and taping it down to the front of the book.


Using the rectangle as a guide, the front cover and a number of pages were cut out using a utility knife.


Book binding tape was used to cover all the pages, including the inner cut edges of the rectangle.  Gesso was applied to the front and back inside pages, gluing the covers to the book pages.


The entire book was then covered with gesso, giving me a workable service for whatever this books ends up being.


As of right now, this is as far as I’ve gotten.  I ran out of time yesterday and wanted so badly to take part in this first challenge hop, that I decided you would probably be okay with seeing the beginning stages of my altered book.  I’ll be back in the next day or so with my completed project!

Thanks for joining me today and I do hope that you’ll try your hand at the ePlay Challenge and join us!


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Good morning!  As I’m beginning this post, I’ve had to go back and count the months that I’ve been away from eclectic Paperie.    After 5 months of leave, I’m back!  You can find me over on the eP Blog today with a project that I’ve done for Toni’s eP Challenge this month – Do Something With a Bag!


You’ll find all the details and more photos on the eP Blog, so I hope you’ll join me there and then check out the challenge yourself!

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Oh my BADness, I really didn’t mean for it to be so long before I shared my last Majestic Labels One project.  This one didn’t make the cut for CHA, which in one way makes me very happy . . .  it will now have a permanent spot on my studio wall!

Lets talk about the frame first.  It’s made from chipboard that was die cut with Spellbinders® Grand Squares.  There were four pieces die cut with the square to form the actual base, that were all glued together and set aside.  The top part of the frame was made by leaving the Grand Square taped to the base plate and adding the Grand Labels One in the center.  Four or five pieces of chipboard were die cut for this layer and then glued together with the base piece that had been set aside.

(I failed to take pictures of this process, but if there are enough interested in the process leave your comments and I’ll recreate it for you).

The frame was painted black  and portions of it were covered in white crackle embossing paste.    (I thought the frame was going to process from there into something I could submit for CHA . . . but I changed my mind at the last minute and pulled out my Ten Seconds Studio patina paints.)

I started applying layers of bronze and iron patina paints, letting them dry thoroughly.  From there additional layers of paint were applied and misted with patina solution. Ten Seconds Studio has excellent video tutorials on this process so I won’t re-create the wheel . . . Please hop over to their YouTube Channel and see what the fuss is all about.

The inside of the Labels One opening is watercolor paper that I die cut/embossed with Majestic Labels One painted in the same way as the frame.  My post on the mini pizza box tells in detail how the Majestic Labels One were die cut/embossed.

Just look at all the wonderful patina and textures created.  The orange patina is from the Iron paint, the greens are from Bronze and Copper paint.

I absolutely love how the patina ran into the cracks of the crackle embossing paste!  This entire piece reminds me of an old kitchen tin tile that has been left out in the weather for years and years.

I am amazed at the results achieved with simple chipboard and some paint!  The middle pieces were glued down with E6000 adhesive.

I wonder how cool it would be to make three more of these, all with different elements, and made them into a larger wall hanging?    Hmm maybe some projects down the road!

Well anyway, that’s my CHA reject.  So happy that it was because it sure wouldn’t be here with me!!

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