Friday, December 31, 2010

New Year Printables... "Better late than never"

Long time, no post : /
So sorry... I have had a house full of people for the holidays and I have lost my camera. I had wanted to get a lot more done than I did but as they say "Better late than never".
This is the New Years card that I wanted to share and in keeping with my "time" theme this post, here ya go. However since I am so late in posting I am offering a version of the same card with the text removed. I thought that the little clock and note pad would be fun for lots of things year round.

Be sure to click on the little thumbs to take you to the larger printable version.


Sunday, December 12, 2010

·:*:·.·::·.·:*:·. It's beginning to
look a lot like Christmas ·:*:·.·::·.·:*:·.

·:*:·.·::·.·:*:·..·::·.·:*:·. All around the house ·:*:·.·::·.·:*:·..·::·.·:*:·.

Our family is wrapping up the presents

Buildin a few snowmen...

and puttin up the tree!

And looking forward to a Merry Merry One!
We are also wishing you and yours a Very Merry Christmas too!

Stocking Stuffer printables for Christmas

I had so many fun things planned for Christmas that I have not been able to get to with my Mom here needing so much help. One of them was a Nutcracker theater and what I do have done is just so fabulous! .... ahhhh ..... next year : / However I did get these fun little masks done and I have a couple of toys I hope to post before Christmas too.... so do check back *<[:{o>>>

Make sure to click on the thumbs to go to the larger printable version. I could only fit one Santa mask on a sheet if I wanted it to print the correct size. However I put the graphic on a full sheet so you could use the "fit to page" settings in your printers program to get the right size.

You should be able to print two elfs per sheet ..... enjoy!

.·::·.·:*:·.·::·.Christmas In A Box .·::·.·:*:·.·::·.

My sister is not going to be able to make it here for Christmas this year because she has to work :( She is going to be all alone this year for the first time. When I last talked to her she said there was no since in even putting up a tree just for herself so I am sending her Christmas in a box...
Included is a sparkling Christmas place mat, a Marie Calenders turkey dinner, a tiny version of our traditional Christmas cake, A Christmas tree, our childhood Santa and presents including that little rag necklace and earrings I made for her.

Oh ... and here is a close up of the necklace and earrings I sent.
It features a soldered centerpiece, vintage ribbons and lace, a vintage rhinestone button, vintage flat crystal beads and some other reclaimed jewelry parts.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Christmas Advent Calender Countdown...
and some free Christmas Printables too!

So I was doing a bit of grocery shopping and found this little advent calender and it was on sale...but just not my what to do?....Alter it :))
Well I was just getting the finishing touches on it when I saw that the "Created byhand Challenge" was Christmas Countdown! So of course I had to entry mine :))

First I wanted to show the before... but I forgot to take a picture of it before but here is one I found on the internet.

I tell myself that I did this for my little grandson Quinton but really I think it is just as much for me. I can't wait to see and share the countdown with him! A tradition I hope to carry on for many years to come.
... this is the "After" with it closed... You can click on the pictures to see a larger one .... The graphics are below as my Christmas gift to you <]:{o>>>
Just make sure to click on the little thumbs to go to the larger printable version

and this is the inside.. The stamps are from "Scroll Works" and all the printed images are from my little etsy store... again you can click on the little picture to go to a larger one

I loved this one.. it from an old magazine print by Thomas Nast

The sheet music is just something I put together as is the Christmas text done in an old newspaper style

For this one I took some old sheet music for "Angels we have heard on high" and dressed it up. The holly story came from an old book and it is not in the picture, however it is on the right side of the calendar and it wraps to the back. I then filled the rest of the back with the text sheet. That way even though the text is covered with graphics on the inside you can still turn the calendar around and read it.

Feel free to pin the thumb above but please do not pin the actual download. I would like everyone to stop by here to download it so they don't miss all my other fun free downloads.

Download "Visions" by Thomas Nast here 
Download 1907 Christmas Music here 
Download  Christmas text done in an old newspaper style here
Download "Angels we have heard on high" music sheet here 
Download "The Story Of The Holly Sprig" here

They are copyright Alteredartifacts and are for your personal use only. They are not to be included or used in any digital downloads of any kind. You may use them on any project you actually print them for and you do have the copyright permission to sell any of those hand made projects.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Faux Putz House Christmas Ornaments

Boy am I getting this in just under the wire! This weeks Theme over at the "Created Byhand Challenge" is Snowmen...Aren't these cute! This was also my project for my local art group "The Artistic Souls" this month too.

I used the pattern from Better Homes & Gardens and then I used some of my digital collage sheets that I offer over at my little etsy store. I did shrink them to 50% before I printed them so they would fit on my little houses.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Free Thanksgiving Printables

Ok... I have been MIA for a while when it come to the challenges I love! I think I mentioned in a previous post that my mom had taken a fall. Well when she was released from the convalescent hospital she was still not able to be alone in the house. Since my sister that lives with her works, she needed to come to my house until she can get around. It was quite the ordeal getting her up to Idaho from California and another ordeal getting my house set up to take care of a handicapped person....but we are getting settled down and I should be able to get back to my art soon :) Because of all of this I was not able to get the Thanksgiving sheet I wanted to create up at my little etsy store and since it is almost Thanksgiving I thought I would offer a few of my favorite Thanksgiving images.... Now how was that for a run on sentence :))

Enjoy these! I think the two little Indians are thinking of helping that little guy :)) oh and don't forget to click on the little thumb above to go to the larger printable.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

More Rag Bracelets

Since these were made for friends, I wish I could have posted these last week for the Created by Hand challenge. The theme was friendship/love but I had to wait unit I had a chance to give them to there new owners. I actually had made another black one but I did not get a picture of it... drats! I had needed a last minute gift so I used the first one so I got busy and made the black one yesterday. I am so distressed now that I look at the picture I realized I forgot the beads on that one : /

They are all made with hand dyed fabric's and ribbon, antique buttons, lace and soldered charms. Most were dyed in the standard dye method but I did the gray with the microwave method. It was the first time I had used that method and for such a small amount of fabric it worked so great!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Winter Gothic Arch Banner... Free Printable!

When I saw the inspiration project by Nancy on the Gothic Arches challenge and the them was "text" I knew instantly what I would do. I used my new snow angles that are available in my little etsy store and I have even added the basic graphic I used below... be sure to click on the thumb to go to the larger printable. I also felt that my project was perfect for Saturday Surprise as well because it has all the little trinkets that remind me of all the holidays spent at home in my youth.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Trick or Treaters... printable treats!!!

Halloween is almost here! I think the economy has hit us all and you know that our kids are going to come home with a pile of candy anyway ... so why go out and buy more. I am offering a printable treat that you can hand out at the door or just use as a party favor.

For the Boys
Click on the thumb to go to the larger printable version. This is going to be huge but just save it to your computer then in your printing program just use the "fit to page" option. Make sure you print them on card stock as standard paper is not heavy enough to make them work. I have also offered a black and white version so you can print it directly on orange card stock.

For the Girls
Once on the thumb for the larger printable, this is a postcard so you should be able to fit three per page. Make sure to print onto card stock as well.


Tattered Cuff Bracelet

It is that time of year that I am working on stuff but I can't show it because my projects are going to be Christmas gifts. So this is a sneak peek and some of what I have been making. This one went to the beautiful Lynn of Trash to Treasures for her Birthday. It is made of vintage fabric's, trims and buttons. I did use a few new beads and a new clasp but I don't think it took away from that vintage feel.

She has been through so much the past few weeks that I was just going to stop by for a minute and drop it off however she was up and around enough to answer the door and invited me in. Her hubby (bless him) made me the most wonderful mocha latte and I was lucky enough to be able to sit on her lovely patio with her and visit for a little. If everyone can send there prayers... or if you don't believe your positive energy her way as I know no one more deserving. We are just all so fortunate to have her still with us :)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Halloween Jester.... eeeeeek!

Here is my Jester for the current Gothic Arches challenge.

I used the last two free printable I posted for "Witches Dance" and a page from a Halloween child's story book. I also used one of the jester puppets that I offer at my little etsy store. The back has the cover from "Witches Dance" and a bit of torn sheet music.

Don't miss my last post for Blog Candy too! I am offering a memento's ink pad and a surprise package!

Blog Candy .... Spooky Treats!

Updade: Won by Jan Hennings over at Papercraft Pleasures

It is getting a bit spooky around the Heaton household!

and I would like to show you the wreath I made .... Would you like to make one? or maybe just the blow pop party favors I used on it? If so, your gonna like this sweet treat!

Jacque over at Scroll Works Rubber Stamps is now carrying Memento inks! and to celebrate she has given me a black ink pad to give away and I am adding a surprise package too!... so all you have to do to get in the drawing is visit her website and leave a post here to enter..... that is the blog candy part but you can get two free single collage sheets from my little etsy store too!

How you say? Just order anything over at Scroll Works Rubber Stamps and then email me! and let me know the two sheets you would like from my little etsy store. within 24 hours they will be in your email box :)) ... I used my two sheet blow pop set for the wreath above... so that would count as two sheets

The drawing for the ink and a little suprize package from me will be Wednesday next week!
Collage Sheet offer good until Wednesday also!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Dark .... 4 Blissful ATC 's

With the theme this month being "Dark" over at the Blissful ATC Swap. I went tip-toeing through the murkiest part of the dark woods.... and what did I find there! All things creepy, crawly and scary! There were spiders and bats and things that go bump in the night! I was afraid so I put what I found on these little ATC's and sent them off to my partner DeeDee so she could get the shivers too! I could not decide which one to send so I just had to send them both. I just did not think they should be separated! At least this way they could comfort each other when the lights went out at DeeDee's house :)) Do visit my partner DeeDee's blog because I think she took better pictures than I did

Now for a peek at the darkest thing I can think of .... The picture is scary enough so I hope I don't really see this guy !!! ..............besides my soul is already taken 0;-)

The layers are amazing! The bloody frame really seems to drip! and I love how she used torn cardboard for the background. Where the paper is missing gives so much depth and texture too! I just love this spooky treasure! He will be joining the Halloween section of my little ATC binder.... but wait.... that was not all! I also got the most stunning card! If you could only see it in real life! There is an amazing tea bag fold on the front of it and I could not capture the texture it has in the photo! Thank you so much DeeDee! I feel so honored to have met you and will look forward to the next time our names meet on the swapin list.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Oops... and Spooky Printables <};}

First for the OOPS!!! If your new to my blog, some how when I deleted my old blog a bunch of my photos disappeared. I think I have everything fixed now so be sure to use the quick links on the right hand sidebar to make sure you did not miss any of my fun printables. I posted some really good Halloween printables last year too :) I also had some great tutorials, patterns and projects I would hate for you to miss.

Now for the
Spooky Printables

I had wanted to make some projects with these before I posted them but life has gotten in the way once again and I have not been able to get to my artwork <}:/ So I am a sad little witch! However Halloween is seeking up on us faster than a puff of smoke and I don't want to hold up your artwork.
Be sure to click on the thumbs to go to the larger printables... enjoy!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Quinton is 3!

And I think he liked his cake!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Halloween Printables ... Silly Vintage Masks

There is just something special about having a vintage Halloween party! We like to have several leading up to the big day as well as the blow out on Halloween.... I would never want to dampen the excitement of the moment by constantly babbling on about being careful of the vintage papers... so I reproduce everything! My originals stay safe and the kids have a great time!

Staple some elastic to the sides and give one to each child! Be sure to click on the thumb above to go to the larger printable version... This will be really large but if you save it to your computer then find your options in your printing program choose "fit to page"

For more vintage Halloween printables head over to my little etsy store .... Enjoy!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Fairy Art .... Altered Art Light

In my opinion "Altered Art" is when you take something the original creator considers finished and artistically alter it to your personal style. Sometimes you can give an existing piece new life giving it a totally different use and sometimes you can give it new life with the same use. I love mixed media pieces too but they are not Altered Art if you the original creator.

Ok... so my piece for this weeks Mixed Media Monday is an "Altered Art" fairy lamp.

My dear friend Carolyn Summers knows how I love fairies and she saw this little fairy at a recycle sale she knew it was perfect for me .... Thank you so much Carolyn. When she gave it to me we talked a little about how to fix a couple of little flaws and I said I would come up with something :)) Finally I did!
I wanted to use this in my bedroom so I started by using some wood stain on the dress and wings to make it fit into the color scheme I have there. Then I used alcohol ink on the wings and sealed it with a clear matt finish. I then tea dyed one of those shabby chic white rose sheets and tore little strips gluing them on to fashion a little dress for her. Some of the petals on the daffodils had been chipped so I covered them all with moss and added some tiny paper roses. I totally love her now and she looks so beautiful in my bedroom!!


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Twinkle Twinkle :::Day & Night::: Pierrot Printable

Gothic Arches has gone to a two week challenge... I don't know how I missed the last one, I guess I just got distracted by life but I am trying to get back on track :)) So here is my entry for the Day and Night challenge.

It may be daytime but I think they are thinking about the night :))
I used the printable below and layered it on some textured and hand made papers. Then I stamped the little "Sunny" stamp from Scroll Works on acetate and embossed it with midnight embossing glitter. The little stars are embossed with silver embossing glitter and it is also from Scroll Works. Then I made the "Twinkle Twinkle" heart with the word program on my computer.

Don't forget to click on the little thumb above to go to the larger printable :)

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Halloween Treats for everyone!
Vintage Sucker Cards

I had several ask about the background I used on my gothic arch a few weeks ago and I told them I would post my little collection as a free download. I am so sorry it took me so long but here they are finally!

Don't forget to click on the small thumb to go to the larger printable version ...enjoy!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Gentleman ... MMM Buttons

This week over at Mixed Media Monday the theme is buttons. I know it is suppose to be Mixed Media Monday but I can never seem to get things done by Monday so I am always late. I just don't work that fast. By time the theme is announced it takes me a few days to get my artwork done.... but here are my buttons!This is truly a noble effort ... another piece for my bathroom. I started with a smashed leather toiletry case.

The poem in the mirror reads
A gentleman in every way,
His sparkling eyes do smile.
His cloths are always sure to be
In just the latest style

The watch case features fabric with news and map print that has been dirtied up with a little rust, a brass leaf branch, a top hat from a monopoly set, a brass harmonica charm, a rusty spring topped with a brass treble cliff and the typewritter of "H" for Heaton.

Yep ... that is my hubby in the rusted picture frame... a much younger version I must admit. He is much older and rustier himself now :))