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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Change Is Good

Our Gecko Galz Papercrafting Group is moving from Yahoo to Face Book.  


Here is the Face Book address: https://www.facebook.com/groups/654948344560159/

Once there, just hit the button asking to join.


Did someone say there might be a prize on May 1 to a few lucky members who have joined the Face Book page?  Even if you currently are our Yahoo group member, you qualify as a  "new member" on the Face Book page. So come on over!

Four Calling Birds

It's time again for a Christmas challenge from My Artistic Adventures.  Heather is keeping with the 12 Days of Christmas theme and asking for "FOUR" of something on your project which needs to include something digital from her Etsy shop.

I went with the traditional "four calling birds" for my Christmas card.  Even though this is holiday themed, it seems appropriate to use birds since they are returning now that it's spring.


I used the digital collage sheet found in the My Artistic Adventures Etsy shop HERE.
Shabby Vintage chic Victorian Christmas Blue Birds Music Tags Digital Collage sheet
Other items used:  Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink, Rogue Redhead Designs, LLC rubber stamp, BoBunny background paper, washi tape.

Please be sure to visit Heather's blog to see all the design team samples for your inspiration.  Then create something and link it up to Heather's blog!!!!!  I look forward to seeing what you make!

This will be the last challenge for a few months.  We're taking a short break and will return in the fall.  Things usually are hectic during the summer and seem to settle down when school starts again.  Even though my kids are grown now, summer still seems busy with family reunions and short vacation trips.  I always get re-motivated to enter challenges when the neighborhood quiets down because of school.

Heather will start things up again with a Design Team call followed by her new challenges.  So stay tuned.... In the meantime, her Etsy shop will remain open where you'll find lots of great digital collage sheets for your creative adventures.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Rogue Crew Floriculture BLOG HOP

It's April!!!!   It's finally spring!!!!!  Nature's awakening!!!!  Time for new beginnings!!!!


This month the Rogue Crew has been asked to make a tag featuring the Rogue Redhead Designs, LLC Floriculture stamp plate.  This plate is on special this month for $10.00.





O rose! the sweetest blossom, Of spring the fairest flower... (J. G. Percival)

I took the two rose stamps and put them on an acrylic plate in order to create my own background.
I stamped using Versamark watermark stamp pad,
then heat embossed with JudiKins Embossing Powder:  Kaleidescope EP240

Next was the sentiment stamped with Stampin Up Purely Pomegranate ink pad; then punched it out using a Stampin' Up label punch

Stampin' Up cardstock was used to cut two labels:
Gumball Green for the Spellbinders Shapeabilities Fancy Tags Two die
Pomegranate for the Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Baroque die

Back to Gumball Green for the base tag:  card stock and ink with the pattern element from the stamp plate.
Finishing touches were roses and ribbons from my stash.

Join the Rogue Crew in our Floriculture Tag  blog hop!

Here is your list of links to follow:

Sharon Briss - Ill Tempered Ink

Helene Huber - Lotsa Scrap from 2amscrapper

Krisha Ogle - Krisha's Keepsakes

Vicki Robertson - He"Artful" Validation of Vicki

Debi Ryan - My Bird Flying Free

Trisha Too - Easily Amused, Hard to Offend...

Barbara Washington - Magic Delights

Sharon Briss - Rogue Redhead Designs blog


I'm entering my tag here:
Pile It On:  Floral Fantasy  due today, Saturday
The Cheerful Stamp Pad Challenge#83 Add some flowers
Country View Crafts April Challenge #14 New Beginnings

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Back to School

Playing again at Tag Tuesday.  This week's theme is School Days.

I made a totally digital tag, using digital images from the two design teams I'm on, Gecko Galz and My Artistic Adventures.  I cropped, converted to png files, and layered.  I added some white text to the chalkboard.


I'm entering this in

Gecko Galz Papercrafting Yahoo group challenge, Between the Covers (anything book related).

Digitally Sweet Challenges:  Add a frame:  the wood blackboard frame.  This is my second entry here for this particular challenge.  I get two entries for this one because it's totally digital.

Kinda ironic--computer meets vintage school.

An EGGcelent Spring

April 2 brings us Challenge #7 at My Artistic Adventures.

Here is what I made for the Spring/Floral prompt using Heather's egg collage sheet from her Etsy shop:




I had the two little egg shaped note cards in my stash.  I also had a chipboard egg.  These were a perfect match for Heather's cute little eggs.



Since the little cards were blue to begin with, I searched my stash for some matching blue paper to cover the chipboard egg.  I glued on the paper and then sanded the edges for a perfect fit.  To add interest, I alternated layers of Darice washi tape and a scalloped lace border from Paper Whispers. Eggs and paper grass are from the local craft store.  Ribbons are from my stash.

Please join in the fun.  Samples from the rest of the design team, the challenge details, and the spot to link up are on Heather's blog HERE

I entered this in the Gecko Galz Papercrafting Yahoo Group's Egg-troidinary challenge.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A Mother's Love

This month at Gecko Galz we're doing a Mother's Day cross promotion with A Day for Daisies digital stamps.

I colored the image with an assortment of Copics and glitter pens. Gecko Galz products that paired up nicely are the sentiment (black and white heart) from the Quotes to Live By collage sheet and the beautiful satin and lace patterned paper from the Vanity Fair digital paper pack.

This month Gecko Galz is offering its customers an Anything Goes contest with a fantastic prize.  Check out the details HERE.



Entering this in

Aud Sentiments Challenge 103:  Spring or Easter Sentiment:  I went with a spring Mother's Day theme, an image from the prize sponsor, A Day for Daisies, and a sentiment that I think a mother would feel.

Crafts4Eternity Challenge #169:  Special Mums

Craft-Dee- BowZ April Challenge:  Anything Goes and a Bow

Digitally Sweet Challenge #81:  Add a Frame:  I accentuated the self frame of the image with a black
sharpie.

Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge #92:  Flowers or Buttons AND Bows

Sentimental Sundays Challenge #200:  Add a Doodle to It

The Shabby Tea Room: Week #212 Pretty in Pink

Simon Says Monday Challenge:  Anything Goes

Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge #110:  Shabby Chic sponsored by Live and Love Crafts

Friday, March 28, 2014

The March Hares

I'm playing with some overlapping themes today for Rogue Redhead Designs, LLC.  You will find my blog post there.

It's still March, so I used this month's color prompts of purple, green and gold.

It's our third month for the Holiday Inspiration Club.  This month, we're encouraged to make our own backgrounds.

I decided to venture into the world of washi tape.  The green roll was a store bought item.  I made my own washi tape for the purple and gold strips using Rogue Redhead Designs stamps onto soft white ultra matte sticker paper sold for this very purpose at redleadpaperworks.com.


This bunny stamp set is so adorable.  You can find Beatrix Potter A Winter's Tale in the Rogue Redhead Designs, LLC store under "other manufacturers".  Bunnies would be my favorite animal -- especially to craft with--  so you know I had to get this stamp set-- I love the Beatrix Potter rabbits in their little coats--so vintage---and you know I love vintage!!!!

Even though they're winter bunnies, I decided these two could also pass for spring bunnies.  Where I live, we always need a coat or jacket until mid May.

I also used:  s.e.i. card stock, Ancient Page Plum Wine ink, Ranger Wendy Vecchi Tree Branch Archival ink, Stampin' Up Watercolor Pencils and Whispering White card stock.

Entering these challenges:

So here is the dilemma:  this card is so generic, including the sentiment I chose, that I think I can use it for Christmas, Easter, Mother's Day or any other occasion where someone "needs a hug".  That will explain my mixed bag of challenge entries:

Simply Create Too Challenge 58 Easter or Use Bunnies closes in 12 days
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge 252:  March: What is the Weather Where You Are?  closes in 4 days
DL.ART Challenge 129  :  Thankful Thursday Challenge: Bunny  closes April 8
The Sisterhood of Crafters:  Animals:  due April 6, winner announced April 8
Whimsy Stamps Inspiration Challenge:  Easter, Bunnies, Chicks closes in 10 days
ABC Christmas Challenge:  F is for Friends and Family  closes in 3 days
Crafty Bloggers' Network:  March challenge:  Nature (my second entry)
Make My Monday:  For Mums
Clear It Out Challenge Blog:  Colour Challenge: Green   closes in 3 days x
4 Crafty Chicks Challenge 187:  Spring closes in 4 days
As You Like It Challenge:  Your Favorite Animal and Why
Country View Challenges:  March Paper Chase ( my second entry)

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