Thursday, March 23, 2017


I realize I have been MIA the last few months. The death of my Grandfather took a much larger toil on me than I realized. I had kind of put away the craft supplies while I dealt with my grief.

I am finally getting back into the crafting mood, and have a few projects I will soon be showcasing.
I also took my first class with the amazing Dyan Reaveley of Dylusions that I will be Shari g photos from soon.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Configurations Box with Nature Sketchbook

So I have fallen completely in love with Graphic 45's Nature Sketchbook paper. The colors and patterns are so gorgeous and my favorite thing about the paper is the loads and loads of butterflies!!!!!!! I LOVE to fussy cut butterflies and pop them up on my projects to make them 3D.

So when I got this paper I instantly wanted to do a configurations box from Tim Holtz. I had never used one before, and this just seemed like the perfect paper to use with it.
It also helped that I hit Joann Craft store right at Black Friday time and got a ton of Idea-Ology things to put in the box to help fill it out.

I really love the way this turned out! I think what took the longest was trying to figure out how I wanted all the boxes arranged. I think measured them all and cover the insides of the box. I then followed Tim's directions for tissue taping all the seams.

I used different things cut out from the collection and some of Tim's Idea-ology line to fill up all the squares. I was inspired by the old shadow boxes with butterflies and bugs pinned inside for this project.

 I arranged the small boxes on the bottom to help mimic the feel of a butterfly collection. I fussy cut them out and then used several pop dots to help bring them forward.

I add some white Prima flowers to help break up the darkness of the background paper.

So if you notice in several of the boxes I have these white metal tags with corresponding images and references. These are from Tim Holtz and I took some of his Botanical rub ons to make the tags correspond to each section of the box.

So this box is my favorite! I took one of the Tim Holtz Corked Domes and cut out some mushrooms from the paper. I then carefully cut lines in the cork and slid the paper into the slits. I checked to make sure that the paper would fit inside the dome. I just LOVE the way it turned out!

 For the final touch I added some paper to the edges from the patterns and solids pad, added some feet to make the box stand up, and fussy cut some more butterflies (of course!) to make it all come together.

I will definitely be using another configuration box, as I loved putting this one together. I will also be needing a lot more of this paper cause I will be using loads of it!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Nature Sketchbook Card and First Video Tutorial!!

So today I am very excited to announce that I have filmed and posted my very first video tutorial to youtube!!!

This was definitely a challenge for me, and I still have quite a few kinks to work out in the filming and editing process so please bear with me :)

My video today features a card I made with the brand new Graphic 45 Nature Sketchbook!
I am completely in love with this collection!! The rich, vibrant colors, the gorgeous patterns, and of course all the butterflies just begging to be fussy cut!!

Without further ado, here is the video!!!!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

In Loving Memory

So this post I'll keep short and sweet, as its rather hard to make.

My Grandpa fell ill rather quickly, and we lost him. It's been a little over a week, and its been very hard.

I purchased the Graphic 45 Cafe Parisian paper just a few days after he passed. I knew immediately what I wanted to do with it.

I made a scrapbook layout featuring a photo of him holding a pie on one of our Birthday's. We shared a Birthday and he always got a lemon pie, and I got a chocolate cake. It was years of wonderful memories I will also cherish.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Altered Washboard with Home Sweet Home

Hi all!!

So today I decided to bust out a project I had set on the back burner.

Sometimes I get started on projects and set them aside if I get busy, or in the case of this project, I didn't like the way it was turning out.

So I pulled it back out and decided to try it again.

The project I had going was an old washboard that I got from my Great Aunt's house after she passed away. It was slated for the trash, and I saved it from it's fate in the dump. It had too much potential!!

I knew instantly that I wanted to use Graphic 45's Home Sweet Home collection.
I started with altering the top, and I loved the way it turned out. The problem came with doing the bottom half. It was just not turning out the way I was seeing in my head. So I set the project aside to work on when I wasn't so frustrated with it. So fast forward five months and I FINALLY finished it.

I love the way this one turned out! It was better than what I saw in my head. 

So that's another project off the back burner for me. YAY!!

Also, this one will be posted for sale in my etsy shop, if anyone is interested in purchasing it.

Thanks for stopping by!
-Altina R.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Crazy Busy Summer

Hello all!!

So this last month has been crazy busy.

I have found some time to work on cards in amongst everything I have had going on, bot not much else! Summer is always rather busy for me, and this last summer has been no exception.

Hopefully coming this fall I will start making video tutorials!! YAY!!
I have spent the last few months researching how to do them, camera mounts, etc. I have limited space to film in so I've spent a lot of time trying to get it all sorted out. Which has meant my larger projects have taken a back burner.

I also took all three of Tim Holtz's Creative Chemistry, so I have been branching out and trying new things. Exciting!

Thanks for stopping by, and stay tuned for new projects coming soon!!
-Altina R.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Scrapbooking with World's Fair

When I was 15, my family moved from Missouri to Texas. I quickly reconnected with some old friends, one of whom introduced me to scrapbooking. I fell in love immediately and I have been hooked ever since.

Scrapbooking quickly lead to making mini albums, card making, altered canvas, up cycled items, and mixed media.
I kept scrapbooking on and off, but found myself spending less and less time on it as I learned new things.  

So yesterday I decided to try my hand at it again after about two years. I picked a photo of myself and my mother from when she and I went to see the Broadway tour of Wicked when it was in Springfield MO earlier this year.

I chose Graphic 45's World's Fair paper for this layout. I wanted something very bright and colorful. I chose to make my photo black and white to help draw the eye in.

I did lots of fussy cutting and distressing for this layout. Lots of pop dots where used! I used Tim Holtz distress inks in Spiced Marmalade, Blueprint Sketch, Walnut Stain, and Wild Honey for my background papers. I think it gave them all a nice extra pop of color.

Thanks for stopping by!