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Monday, September 1, 2014

September Start Up

I can't believe it's already September!  The year is flying by!  Up today is a back-to-school blog background which will be changed to a Halloween one tomorrow.  When I was little, I always enjoyed going to the store to buy school supplies.  The smell of Crayola crayons when opening a new box still makes me swoon.  

I'm making some changes to my blog.  It will be expanded to include some of my other artistic interests. I also will be cleaning up the sidebar and only posting the badges of challenge sites where I've won.  The sidebar is so overloaded that it no longer serves a useful purpose.  This may sound self-serving, but the sidebar is long right now and I doubt anyone scrolls through it.  So the badges don't really serve as a marketing tool for the challenge sites.  I will post the challenge badge and what I made and will update it so that it only covers the past few months.


Happy Labor Day!  Here's one of my previous makes that celebrates the working woman and her important role during World War II.


I've been dabbling in digital art so I found this book totally fascinating.  The dh found it at the local thrift store.    Bright and Early Thursday Evening: a tangled tale dreamed by Audrey Wood, imagined by Don Wood.  I found the story delightful in the Alice In Wonderland absurd kind of way.  But I was mesmerized by the beautiful digital paintings.

The local movie theater finally had something playing that I wanted to see.  The Giver with Jeff Bridges was excellent.  It conjoured up all sorts of ideas for journaling art work.


Here is a new art project that is starting today.  I've made ATCs using playing cards but never really altered an entire set of playing cards.  It sounds like an interesting project.  You can find all the details at Claudine Criner's blog HERE.  She says the project will last 26 weeks.

Claudine's Art Corner



Please visit the Gecko Galz blog to participate in our September Customer Challenge which is School Days. The prize for one lucky winner is a $25 shopping spree at Gecko Galz and a prize pack from Rhonda's Originals (this month's cross promotion sponsor).  You will find all the challenge details, as well as more design team makes,  HERE.

Here is my design team make for inspiration.  My digital collage was printed and colored, then placed on an old-timey mini composition book.

The Gecko Galz September 2014 digital image releases used in this make are:
School Days digital stamps (school banner, girl holding blackboard)
Chalkboard Sentiments collage sheet
Other Gecko Galz digital products:
School Days collage sheet:  postmark
AlterMe collage sheet: Word Search digital paper

I cropped and made png files with the images.  I erased the skin on the girl so that when placed on the paper the pattern would show through.
Starting with the word search paper, I layered the banner, girl and postmark.  I placed on top of her chalk board the chalkboard sentiment.
After printing out the collage, I used watercolor pencils to add some color accents.  I then glued it onto the composition book cover, leaving the black binding exposed.
I printed a second word search paper to cover the back of the book.

I would like to enter this notebook altered cover in the following challenges:

Craft Your Passion Challenge #229 Back to School

Creative Moments:  Challenge #50Anything Goes with Back to School twist (new challenge for me which I found at Paper Playful--list of challenges)

Just Us Girls: Challenge #256 Wild Card:   (new challenge for me which I found at Paper Playful--list of challenges)

Sentimental Sundays: Challenge #222  Back to School  The sentiment on the chalkboard says "whatever you are be, be a good one"

Shopping Our Stash SOS# ABC's  I used the mini composition book that has been in my stash for a couple of years and the Stampin' Up watercolor pencils that I've had forever and just starting using again this past week.  A=alphabet background paper, B= banner, C= chalkboard and composition book

The Cheerful Stamp Pad Challenge #94  Anything Goes

Please come back tomorrow for more design team news!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Party Girl

A smaller Prima doll stamp.  Playing with color and melted wax.   

Challenges as we head into the Labor Day weekend which really is the last weekend of summer fun:
Artistic Inspirations: Challenge Anything Goes:  and/or Labor Day/Career
Craft Your Passion:  Summer Fun
Crafting At the Weekend:  Anything Goes
Mema's Crafts August Challenge Entry #2
Sister Act Card Challenge #71
Tuesday Throwdown Challenge #210 Anything Goes

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Sunshine Tag

This week's theme at Tag Tuesday is Song Titles.  There's a wonderful collection for your viewing at Tag Tuesday HERE.

Right now my toddler granddaughter's favorite song is Raining Sunshine.  I combined this song tile withe a couple of challenge themes.  My sisters-in-law and I like to get together at the lake during the summer when it's raining sunshine!  Of course, if it's raining sunshine,umbrellas have to be included!

Gecko Galz Sunny August collage sheet and Splish Splash collage sheet
I used the things my dd2 gave me when she gave up scrapbooking for cooking as a hobby.
DCWV Summer Dream paper packs and embellishment stack
JoAnn Craft Essentials Fancy Flops
Recollections Adhesive Glitter Shapes (sunglasses)
umbrella from party store
ribbon and blue wave trim from stash

Entering these challenges:

Crafty Bloggers Network:  August Challenge: Summer
Gecko Galz Face Book Paper Crafting Group: August: Sisters Day

Monday, August 11, 2014

It's a Man Thing Part 2

It's a Man Thing is winding up as the week's theme at Tag Tuesday.

I decided to use this clever digital image that I received in the Gone Fishing digital set from Stitchy Bear Stamps as part of my prize when I won the random draw at Mema's Crafts Challenge.  I kept my tag CLEAN AND SIMPLE.

You can see all the tags from the players at Tag Tuesday HERE.

I started with the Stitchy Bear image and printed it on white card stock, positioning it lower on the page so that I could cut it into a tag shape.  I colored the image with Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Markers: crushed olive, broken china, tumbled glass, and antique linen as well as Prismacolor 197 Green Tea.

Then I ran some Fancy Pants 1/2" chalk tape through a Darice embossing folder for my measuring tape across the bottom of the tag.  I used a Sizzex embossing folder to add some circle "fish bubbles" to the top of the tag which I decorated with some half pearls (you always find pearls in the ocean, right?) If you have this embossing folder, then you know the circles are different sizes so I randomly placed 3 different sized half pearls in their matching circles.

The trim is from a black vegetable bag, and the green is some trim I often use in beach projects because I think it looks like a fish net. Really putting that fish necklace to work that I was given at the Neptune Wine Festival. It's been cut up for embellies and placed on several of my projects. I finished with a bit of baker's twine to resemble fishing line.

Entering these challenges:

Tag You're It:  Challenge # 3 sketch challenge  combined with CASe this Sketch Challenge #87
As you can see, I flipped the sketch so the white space is on the left as part of the image; and the stripes are horizontal rather than diagonal, again, part of the image.

Mema's Crafts:  August Anything Goes

Country View Challenges:  Word Play  This is not a sentiment.  I thought this cheeky digital image was perfect for this challenge!

Artistic Inspiration Challenge 104:  Anything Goes pocket or tag

It's a Man Thing Part 1

Working on a man theme this week, here are a couple of cards I made at my hubby's request, one birthday card and one get well card to get in the mail to two men in our community.

Kraft cards
Ink Sprays:  Ranger Dylusions Squeezed Orange, Maya Road Maya Mist Hydrangea, and Tsukineko Walnut Antiquing Solution
digital map images from Gecko Galz Old World Maps collage sheet
DCWV card stock
Stampin' Up circle sentiment from Riveting rubber stamp set
Ranger Wendy Vecchi Forget Me Not Archival Ink
Ranger Tim Holtz Broken China Distress Marker
Computer generated sentiment
pop dots

Entering these challenges:
Alphabet Challenge:  M is for Men Only until Aug 13, winner announced Aug 15
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Cards:  August

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Time to Vote for your Favorite Gecko Galz Design from the Team

Now we want you to choose the best design and win a great prize pack from Gecko Galz.....what you might ask? We are going to place everyone who cast their vote into a drawing and one lucky winner will get a design team prize pack which is all the September products plus a Itkupilli prize pack. 

Just email your vote before August 30th and the winner will be announced here on the 31st. 

BUT WAIT! Just for entering you get a FREE mini stamp set from Gecko Galz! So vote now....get your free stamp set and maybe even win a prize pack! Good Luck!

Here is my design team project totally digital):

And here's where you'll find the rest of the design team entries: 
Gecko Galz Blog.

Be sure to vote so you can get your free digital stamp set.  Here's hoping you win the grand prize too!

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