Saturday, September 1, 2018

Design Team Project Shares for Gecko Galz: Putting on the Ritz

This month at the Gecko Galz blog the challenge theme is "Putting on the Ritz"
There's still plenty of time to join in!  You can find inspiration from the DT and free vintage stamps every couple of days on the blog.
I'd like to share a few of my designs for this challenge:
First I had some fun layering up paper pieces for this collage layout in my journal.
I used a lovely image from Gecko Galz from the "screen Gems" collage sheet as well as papers and icons from their Parisian Gardens craft kit.  I inked around some edges with Black Soot Distress ink, and adhered the elements to my journal using glue tape and regular paper glue.  I had the tea stained music paper in my stash, along with the black luggage tag, which I stenciled using Heidi Swapp embossing paste in silver.  The tag is clipped on using an old piece of beaded earing.  Glittered cardstock stars were scattered throughout, and the die cut used was from Recollections.  I added a Tim Holtz ticket and a couple papers from the Bella Armoire DCWV stack.
I also created an embossed card using an image from the Gecko Galz Putting on the Ritz collage set.  I snipped accent papers from their Parisian Gardens craft kit  This kit has proven to be a go-to in a lot of my creations lately, hint:  you should check it out!
I added more "ritz" in the way of golden enamel dots and trim from my stash, along with some golden washi tape from the Planner Society.  Cream colored flower and gold organza ribbon to finish.

I created an embellished ATC using images from the "Pixie Magic" and "Screen Gems" collage sheets, as well as background paper from the "Arsinic and Lace" kit.

Finally, I had fun decopauge-ing (is that a word?) various Gecko Galz images to a container candle.  Images here were from the "Provence Garden" and "Altered Beauties" collage sheets.

I hope you'll join our "Putting on the Ritz" Challenge!
Winner will get a

$25 shopping spree 
at the Gecko Galz shop.

The only rule is that you must use at least one Gecko Galz product ...
(this can be one of the freebies or, of course, you can buy at the Etsy store!) 

Also if you sign up for the Gecko Galz newsletter, you'll be able to claim a free collage sheet each month and get first claim on the $1 Wednesday deals!

Please pop over to the Gecko Galz blog to see the fabulous designs by the talented DT.

We also have a Private Facebook Group where there are 4 monthly challenges, each with a collage sheet prize.
Hope you'll come and join us!

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Design Team Project Share for Crafty Creations Challenges: Lovely

Hello there!  I'd like to share my project for the latest challenge at 
Crafty Creations Challenges #373 

I love Crafty Creation Challenges because they're always "Anything Goes."  You can have fun and let your creativity run in any direction you choose!
This month's sponsor is...

A Day For Daisies
A Day for Daisies will provide a 12$ gift card to the shop at (that's equal to 3 images of choice) to the lucky winner!

The challenge runs for two weeks beginning Weds., August 22.

For my submission, I selected the lovely Braid in My Hair digi image.  It was so hard to choose since ADFD has such a wonderful selection!
I created a large tag tucked inside an altered bag for this project, using the following supplies:
Braid in My Hair Digi Image from A Day for Daisies
floral designer paper from my stash
tea stained paper
sentiment from paper collection from my stash
Jane Davenport washi tape
Spellbinders lacy oval die
Rebekah Meier stencil
Heidi Swapp Lovely die
Recollections flower and leaves
Tim Holz violet die cut
copic markers and white Posca en
Hand dyed seam binding and ribbon snippet
Versa Magic chalk ink (eggplant), Tim Holtz Distress ink (dusty concord)
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Design Team Project Share for Crafty Creations Challenge: Authentic Blessings

Welcome crafty creators!  I'd like to share my first design team submission for the latest Crafty Creations Challenge #371
I love Crafty Creation Challenges because they're always "Anything Goes."  You can have fun and let your creativity run in any direction you choose!

This challenge is sponsored by Beccy's Place

The lucky winner of this challenge will receive one digital image set!
The challenge runs for two weeks beginning July 25.

For my submission, I selected an image from the Birdsong Digital Stamp Collection
hint:  check out the set that goes with this image... totally gorgeous!

I created a mini clip board for my project using the following supplies:
Tim Holtz Burlap Clip Board
Rusty Hinge, Black Soot and Fossilized Amber Distress Inks
Gold Gel Pen to Accent Spider Web
Tim Holtz Pen Nib, Corner Embellishments, Vintage Look Frame & "Authentic" Charm
Tim Holtz Worn Wallpaper & Tim Holtz Adhesive Backed Fabric
Wooden Feather Charm
Popped Up Butterfly from my stash
Birdsong Digital Image from Beccy's Place colored with
Primsa Colored Pencils and Gelatos
White Gesso Paint Splatters over the image
I've submitted to the following challenges:
Polkadoodles Week 28 - AG
CraftAholicsRus #30 - Birds
Artistic Inspirations #205 AG
Crafting from the Heart #217 AG
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Wild Things
Pammies Inky Pinkies - Sunny Days

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, July 20, 2018

Project Share: Sea Tales

Hello there!  I should be packing for an upcoming trip, but instead have found myself sneaking away to my craft area to play.  Lately I've been loving this digital collage set from Gecko Galz called Midsummer Dreams.  The images are mesmerizing and remind me of exotic mermaids.

I had fun creating an altered pocket, cards and tags for this project.  I love creating pieces that can be used again elsewhere.. as book marks, gift tags or just left as a set tucked into a lovely vintage book like this one here "Water Babies" by Charles Kingsley.
List of the supplies I used:
Midsummer Dream Collage Images- Gecko Galz
K&Co Designer Papers
Hand Dyed Handmade Paper Bits
Tim Holtz Ideology Word Clippings
Tim Holtz Distressed Stain- Tumbled Glass
Tattered Angels Sprays
Flowers from Petaloo- Botanica Collection
Spellbinders October Die
Finnabair Dream Without Fear Stencil and Stamp
Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste
Sea Horse, Coin Stamp, Various Fibers & Seam Binding from my stash
Mermaid Charm from a vintage earring
Paperclip from Spare Parts
I'll be entering in the following challenges:

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Project Share: Happy Camper

Hello and thanks for stopping by!  This fun retro-summer themed card was inspired by a glam image from Gecko Galz and their current Retro-Summer Customer Challenge.

Crafty Particulars:  Kraft card base layered with Tim Holtz adhesive backed fabric, Jane Davenport mixed media cardstock, image from Gecko Galz, sentiments from internet and my campy sense of humor, die cuts from Recollections "Happy Camper" set,
enamel dots from DIY Shop

Also setting up camp in the following challenges:

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Project Share: Hello There!

Hello there crafty bloggers!  I needed a little dose of sunshine this week, so I crafted a little plaque to hang in my craft room.

I re-cycled a piece of foam board for the backing, and layered on a couple of designer papers and a die cut frame.  I opted for a cheerful sentiment stamp, and a handful of vintage buttons.

This cute image was a digi stamp from Fabrika Fantasy (Flower Elf) which I colored using Promarkers.  I added a bit of Fun Stampers Journey Glaze and some glitter for the accents on her dress and the little bee's wings.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to say hello!
Playing in the following challenges:

Friday, May 25, 2018

Project Share: Sometimes I'm the Rain, Sometimes I'm the Flower

Hi crafty friends! I'm back to share another project.  I decided I needed another little journal to jot down ideas, so instead of making a card, I opted to alter a small moleskine journal.

First I covered the front and back of the journal with lovely floral digital paper from Gecko Galz.  I'd been saving a grey satin ribbon for ages, so I used that on the binding along with some lace and pearl trim that was gifted to me.

The beautiful woman and Asian writing are also digital papers from Gecko Galz.  I smudged a bit of metallic gold gelato around the edge of the image, and backed it with some handmade torn paper and a bit of open weave yarn.  I used my vintage reproduction typewriter for the sentiment, which is typed on a torn tea bag, layered over the image.  The pretty butterfly was an impulse buy at Michaels.  Now who in their right mind doesn't need a box of pretty paper butterflies?!  I'm thinking of wearing them in my hair to the office next week :)

Lastly, a sprinkle of glimmery gold sequins to add just a touch of glittery sparkle.

So now I have a lovely little journal to jot down all my poetic thoughts and dreams... sigh.

Thanks for visiting me here, hope I gave you a laugh or at the very least maybe a smile.  I'll be playing in the following challenges:

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Project Share: Rain Song

With showers come the flowers right?  Especially if it's a nice spring rain!  This cute little card was fun to make, and I enjoyed keeping it in my customary neutral tones with a touch of vintage.

I went with light-grey cardstock and layered on the following supplies:

Pretty Things floral and wood cardstock by Juliana Kneipp
Vintage Burst Flowers from Fun Stampers Journey
Tea stained musical papers for accents and fussy cut umbrella
Sizzix Framelits Drop-Ins Stephanie Barnard 560147 for card shape
We R Memory Keepers Shape Dies Dainty Doily
FSJ stamp AT-0241 colored with Promarkers

Here's to always singing in the rain and enjoying the flowers!

I'm playing in the following challenges:

Friday, April 27, 2018

Project Share: Delightful

A small card I crafted, inspired by Aurora Wings recent challenge:  Black & White with or without a splash of color:
Supplies Used:
Aurora Wings Big Eyes "Pixie" digital image
DCWV Bella Armoire cardstock
FSJ black licorice cardstock
FSJ color splash water color paper
FSJ Journey glaze
Tim Holtz distress tool
Liquitex white acrylic paint
Lindy's Magicals (mountain)
Jane Davenport neutral watercolor (dove)
Table salt for mottling effect on watercolor
Jane Davenport moon & stars rub on
FSJ color silk in silver
Tim Holtz Idea-ology rosette trim
Tiny pearls, feather and paper flower from my stash
Sharing in the following challenges:

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Project Share: Magic is All Around Us

A bright jewel of a card complete with resting fairy and lots of jewel tones.  I apologize for the photos, it's raining and dark here at the moment.  I should have posted yesterday when weather was perfect!

Supplies Used:
Papers from DCWV Mariposa
Fun Stampers Journey (FSJ) Whipped Cream Cardstock
FSJ Fairy World stamp and sentiment
FSJ color splashes in lemon grass, blue lagoon
FSJ sparkle dust
FSJ journey glaze
Jane Davenport brights pallette
Fantasy Fiber in English Ivy from Barbara Trombley's Art Glitter
Alcohol markers:
Copics:  B00, E70, R00, RV34, V01, W3, YG11
Promarkers:  G817, G619
Royal Langnickel Azure:  RD6
Chameleon Color Tones:  NU4
Jeweled beaded stick pin from my stash

I'm playing in the following challenges:

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Project Share: Rusty Red Robins

This is a mixed media canvas where I had fun using some of my metal findings--or maybe I should say they found me, because literally the little box I stash them in came crashing down on me one night while I was using my heat gun.  The cord snagged the box, little metal pieces went flying, and as husband asked "what was THAT?  Is everything OK in there?" I replied so THAT's where I put them!  And so it started...Rusty Red Robins.

Supplies used:
Tim Holtz district market small burlap 6x6 canvas
TH Vintage Photo Distress stain
TH vintage die cut of robins
Fun Stampers Journey Twine Natural
Die cut rust colored foil coffee bag
Lace from WhimsyHollow Etsy
Manila tags and small round tag from Staples
Hand dyed/stained seam binding
TH Adirondack alcohol ink in butterscotch
Prima patina effect pastes in brass, mint-green and blue
Finnabair mica flakes
Liquitex natural sand medium
Liquitex acrylic paint in burnt umber
Tattered Angels glimmer spray:  autumn leaves
Shimmerz glimmer spray:  treasured hymn
Wendy Vechi embossing paste
Various metal findings
Rust (both natural and imitated with paints)
This was fun and I got to use a few things I had previously rusted in a "scientific" experiment involving metal and vinegar!  It was amazing how vibrantly colored the natural rust became when it dried (like on the manilla tags).  The rest was a combo of alcohol ink paints and sprays to get the rust effect.  I just had fun placing and gluing items down on the canvas and reviving my love of rusty things.

Sharing this project at:

A Vintage Journey Rusty-Crusty-April Challenge
Rhedds Creative Spirit Mixed Media Challenge
Hiding in My Craftroom Super Scraps Saturday
The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge