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Friday 10 October 2014

Imagine, Dream, Inspire...

Good morning all.

Thank goodness it's Friday...I've been totally disorientated this week after our few days away, I might get back on track at the weekend.

Today's share is an altered book. As always I forgot the before photo so here it is after it's first coat of gesso. I found it lying unused and unloved in a drawer and decided it might make a good art journal as the pages are quite sturdy.

After several coats of gesso and white acrylic paint it was ready to alter.

After gathering some stamps and stencils together I masked off the areas for the three word stamps from Visible Image. I also masked the sides of the book to create a white border. Then I got all inky using Distress Inks. I used some stamps from Bo Bunny to overstamp with some distress ink but these didn't come out too well. I then stamped various stamps from Bo Bunny, Inkylicious and a magazine freebie in black Archival ink. The texture paste was put through a stencil from Memory Box. Once everything was dry I removed all the masking tape and stamped the sentiments in black Archival.

I still don't like messy but I love what can be created!

Challenges entered:
Altered Eclectics - anything goes
Eclectic Ellapu - purple texture paste/embossing
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - halloween or not
All Crafts Challenge - anything but a card
Craftin Desert Divas - anything but a card
Dream Valley Challenges - anything but a card
Not Just Cards - anything goes
Inspiration Destination - anything goes
Addicted to Stamps - anything goes
Artist Trading Post - anything mixed media goes


  1. This is gorgeous, a great idea. thank you for sharing with us at Dream Valley Challenge. Marlene DT

  2. This is fab Carol! I love it...have a great weekend huggles Sue xx

  3. Fabulous idea Carol and done wonderfully! Susan x

  4. This is fabulous Carol, I love the fabulous background and great sentiments.
    Linda xxx

  5. Another amazing project, such wonderful texture. Thanks for joining us at ATSM

  6. Carol this is lovely .............what a transformation xx

  7. its a great project but anything goes is not the theme for Anything but a Card this month. The them for October is Autumn Magic/Spring wonder

  8. Ooh love it! It looks fabulous :o) Hugs, Lisa x

  9. Fabulous book cover, Carol! Thanks for playing with us at ATSM!

  10. This is absolutely brilliant Carol you have made a beautiful transformation of the book.
    Lorraine x

  11. Brilliantly altered book, I like all the lovely texture, and particularly the colors. Thanks for joining us at ATSM.

  12. This is fabulous Carol, such a transformation - I love the background you have created.

  13. Wow, you have really transformed this book. It looks fabulous, the background is lovely and the sentiments are perfect too. Michelle x

  14. This is lovely, Perfect for our challenge...
    Thank you for joining in our challenge (Not Just Cards) Good luck.... Sylvia DT x

  15. Fabulous altered book Carol ! The colours and texture look wonderful. Thanks for joining us at ATP Exchange. Sue C x

  16. what a neat project - I would never think to do this :-) Thanks for linking it up with the CDD "Anything But a Card" linky party!
    CDD dt

  17. What a super use of an old book. I love distressed background and those sentiments are just right! Thanks so much for playing along with ASM this week!!

  18. Great Idea!!!!

    Thanks for playing with us the challenge of Inspiration Destination!

    Good Luck and I hope see you again!

    Gr. Meggi DT.

  19. Love the alteration! Many thanks for joining the Rhedd's Creative Spirit challenge and good luck!!! Melissa (DT)

  20. Beautilly altered - Love it. Hope you will join in with future challenges over at Eclectic Ellapu xx

  21. Hi Carol...love your altered book cover and it's lovely to have you join in with our first challenge here at ATP

    Best wishes
    Annie x

  22. Wow Carol, this is a lovely project. Thanks for joining us at Inspiration Destination Challenge Blog. Hope to see you again soon. Lynn, DT member

  23. That's fabulous! and I love the idea of using a book as an art journal... One could let the text come through here and there as desired. Thanks for the tip! Thank you for entering your project at Rhedd’s Creative Spirit. Sammy-x

  24. What a transformation and for the better. Fab project
    ​Thank you for joining in with our challenge this month and hope to see you in future challenges.
    Hugz and love Elaine aka Ellapu​

    ​Owner of
    ​Handcrafted by Ellapu
    Altered Eclectics
    Eclectic Ellapu
    ​DT for​
    Anything but a Card

  25. This is so lovely :-)) I like your book!
    Thank you for joining us at All Crafts Challenge ... Good luck!
    Hugs, Andreja


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