Saturday, May 31, 2008

What's the Haps at Oscraps?

Hello All! Amber here with this month's altered challenge over at the O! Above is an ad with my newest layout, specially designed for this challenge. The dapper dude is my darling husband of 12 years whom I have altered into a Victorian gentleman of royalty; a real Prince Albert! He is a father to our children and the King of my Heart!

This month was my turn to come up with a challenge to inspire those of us out there who maybe haven't really given altered art a fair shot just yet. I wanted it to be fun and I thought with Father's Day coming up what better way to honor a special man in your life than with a little "aleration". When it comes to an altered layout Dad can be extracted from one place to be put in another, he can be made King for the Day, or if he's a really good sport, he can don a pair of fairy wings and a wreath of flowers upon his head. The point is to have fun, express yourself, create a memorable work of art but most importantly, a work of love. Check out the Oscraps forum for more details on the challenge and my very own tutorial on extraction. And just for participating, you will receive a free gift from the talented Jeni Cantrell; the Sunshiney Day Mini Kit.

There are so many amazing kits yet to be discovered at the O. Below are the credits for my layout above. Simply click on the designer's names and you'll be transported to the shop where you can purchase some of the same goodies for yourself.

Everything in this layout is available from the amazing designers here @oscraps!

From Joanne Brisebois-
Background- Paper 5* from Ah Lamour Kit by Joanne Brisebois
Clock Overlay from Overlays Vol 1 Pack by Joanne Brisebois
King of Hearts wordart (altered) from King of Hearts Kit by Joanne Brisebois
Black wordart heart from Eccentricities (B&W) Kit by Joanne Brisebois

From Paint the Moon-
House from Altered Homes Kit
Golden Paper edge from Embellished Edges Kit
Sheet music from Charms D'Antan Kit
Gold glitter ring from Chloe's Treasures Kit

From Carla Gibson Designs-
Crown from Altered Head Gear Kit
King of Hearts card from Altered Elements 2 Kit (Altered Art Book)
Wordart banner, brad ribbon from Nostalgia Kit
Alpha from Good Ole Days Kit

Daddy wordart from the June Collaborative Kit
(available next month exclusively @ Oscraps)

Victorian gentleman's body by Me (from personal scrap collection). Boots, crown and boutenniere hand painted by me.

*blended with Newsprint paper from Good Ole Days Kit by Carla Gibson

Queen of Quirk Challenge . . .

is going on right now and the timing couldn't be better. The talented Jan Crowley is hosting a challenge to create a layout for a special guy in your life using her amazing Shy Guy Kit available right now at She's even giving away a freebie Quick Page to make things easy for you and the prizes are awesome!
Check it out at
But hurry! Challenge ends June 5th.
Here's mine . . .

Quick page from Shy Guy Kit by Queen of Quirk @oscraps
Background paper from Altered Art Book (red) by Carla Gibson Designs @oscraps

Thursday, May 29, 2008

June is almost here!

Wow does time fly! I cannot believe that summer is nearly underway. The weather here in New York has been beautiful but I've almost been too busy to enjoy it. I am gearing up for the posting of my challenge this Saturday night. It's an altered one, of course and so naturally should be a blast! It's all about letting loose and having fun but just in case I've provided a little tutorial as an incentive for those of you who are hesitant to give it a shot. Come join me on the quirky side and hopefully you won't regret it! LOL!

And if you stick around the O-Zone you will be treated to a wonderful surprise with the release of the Designers Monthly Collaborative Kit for June sure to be a hit! Hope to see you there . . .

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

We are moving!

We have been approved for our dream home in our favorite little upstate town. We never thought we'd find another home where we would feel so . . . well, at home. It is a beautiful Italianate style Victorian built in 1856 by Col. James Monroe, Esq. He is the President James Monroe's namesake and nephew. Saw an original picture postcard of the house today from abt. circa 1860 and interestingly enough the house looks as we envisioned it. We thought the only thing missing was a front porch and coinidentally it originally did have one; a great big beautiful one. So it is our hope in addition to putting the original front doors back on to build a porch just as it once was. Can't wait to decorate the inside as well. I apologize for the pictures in the slideshow that feature the present owner's things inside but I was so anxious to share all of its beauty with all of you, I just couldn't wait! I, of course, will update these when we get our things in there and are all situated. We are anticipating moving in by the end of June. In the meantime, I've a bunch to do!

Our new home . . .

Thursday, May 15, 2008

New Altered Heritage Layout . . .

I was feeling a bit nostalgic about my grandma today and so I created this little layout. I also have been wanting to scrap a page of my dog so I put the two together and Voila! I got some new goodies from Joanne Brisebois' shop that I couldn't wait to use either and I think they are the perfect accent. What do you think?
Background is a combination of paper from the Bonnie Blue Skies kit with an overlay from Joanne's Overlay Kit Vol. 1.
Elements: Butterfly wings from Ah Lamour Kit, Sun (flower) and swirls from Black & White Eccentricities Kit, red butterfly and hat from Altered Fairy Wears Kit by Carla Gibson and Heart from Chloe's Treasures Kit by Paint the Moon/Annie Manning.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

My Family Pages

Hey there, Persnickety Chick here with a new altered layout. I was really feeling like letting all convention go and just having fun with this one. It's a bit of a deviation from my usual vintage feel, maybe even a little "mod" but in the end, I was satisfied. Isn't that what it's all about? I know that there are only a minority of us scrappers out there who are truly at home with altered art and to those in the majority I say: Break on through to the other side and give it a shot. It is all about expressing yourself, setting your imagination free and in the end, having fun with it. This new layout was all about letting go and embracing who I am; which for today is someone who was feeling kinda goofy and awkward but not afraid to have a good laugh at my own expense. After all I am only ME!

For a closer look check out the link below to the gallery at the O!

Friday, May 9, 2008

My ATC Gallery

Has it only been 8 days?

Well, things are moving along for me and I think I may be starting to settle into my new job as a CT member. The girls over at the O are so great and I'm actually starting to have quite a bit of fun! Next month is MY month. I am planning a super fun altered challenge so be sure to check back in the first week of June to see what it is. Also, because someone once paid me a tremendous compliment when she deemed me the official "Extractionator" (thanks to nennikers aka Jen) I am going to brave a tutorial on extraction (the way that I was taught and what works for me). Hope to see you all there!

Friday, May 2, 2008

My First Official Altered-O Layout!

Hooray! Here it is . . . My first layout completed as an Altered-O and every bit of it created from all of the amazing designs over at Oscraps. Most of it is from the May Collaborative Kit; gorgeous! Check it out-New Growth Kit