Wednesday, July 10, 2024

June Winner at Gecko Galz

 I've been making other types of art and have fallen off the blog post train.  

At the Gecko Galz Papercrafting Facebook page, I entered a digital journal page using Gecko Galz images in the Vintage Seashore category.  I'm pleased to say that I was chosen the winner.


Thursday, December 7, 2023

Ornaments Card

Made this card for my sister and her husband. I need to get it in the mail!  Last year half of the card I sent her got returned to me by the post office, minus the gift card that I had enclosed!  This year I'm enclosing a small piece of art, so hopefully the envelope will arrive intact.  

I really dug into my stash to create a card for these challenges.  The ornament idea is quite popular on Instagram right now.  So new idea but old materials from my stash.

A local architect donated to us some material called transparent film although it's really more translucent and reminds me of Mylar.  We experimented with it, making Gelli plate prints.  I found this piece and decided it would make pretty ornaments. In addition to the Tim Holtz ornament dies, I cut a smaller circle die from Spellbinders Nestabilities and added a top from Tim's ornaments dies.  

Materials used:

white Posca Pen to splatter snow
American Crafts Metallic Marker Gold
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection Retro Holiday CMS067
Tsukneko Dew Drop Brilliance Galaxy Gold ink
Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations die Carved Ornaments
Stampin' Up Night of Navy cardstock
Gelli Plate print on transparent film substrate using pink, white and blue acrylic paints

Entering these challenges:

Simon Says Monday Challenge:  Winter Blues/Tim Holtz #57
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Use Craft Dies #34
Shopping Our Stash 511 Whatever the Weather:  Snow (2nd entry) #12

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Holiday Tags

I purchased some plaid wood "Joy" tags and some miniature trees from Michael's.  I resized and printed some Christmas Cuties from Gecko Galz Etsy shop which I then fussy cut and glued onto the tags along with some ephemera scraps distressed with Ranger pumice stone Distress Ink , buttons and ribbon trim from my extensive stash.  Then I added some white snow with a Posca pen.

I made a total of 8 tags during our art get together today and then gave them to  my art friends.   

Here are the 4 designs:

Entered these tags in these challenges:

Gecko Galz Papercrafting Facebook: Tags and Wintertime WINNER!

Shopping Our Stash 511 Whatever the Weather  #1 

Try It On Tuesday Traditional Christmas #58 WINNER!

613 Avenue Create Anything Goes Winter #39 x

We Love 2 Create: Anything Goes #36 x

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Flowers from Nature


This month it's my turn to lead an art project during our local art guild meeting.  Since November is a month of thanksgiving and bountiful harvest, I decided to do vegetable printing as the activity.

I experimented with shallot sliced in half as the "stamp" to make flowers.  I also rolled corn on the cob in acrylic paint and then rolled it onto the page for a background.  For definition, I added marks with pens and paint markers.  

At Art Journal Journaling, this month's prompt is NATURE so  I'm sharing my vegetable print journal page with them.  

I'm also entering these challenges:

Crafting From the Heart #7 Anything Goes I'm #20

Simon Says Grunge It Up I'm #28

Beautiful Blossoms Challenge #10 Anything Goes with Flowers I'm #54

Colorful Options November Red I'm #53

Sunday, November 5, 2023

Cup of Cheer Card

It's time for the  Fall Winter 2023 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Here is the first card I made to link up to the blog hop (I'm #303):


digital cup from Limited Runs Stamps (former hop sponsor)
sentiment from Close to my Heart Cup Of CheerB1404 (still a super sponsor for the hop; this stamp set is discontinued---I won it at a previous blog hop)
Pine Needles Distress Ink; white Posca pen
misc items from stash

I'm entering this card in these challenges:

Challenge Up Your Life #164 Cozy Christmas (#4)

O Layers, Twine, Rectangle 
or B stamped image, ink blending, digital image (#8)

Aloha Friday Challenge #4 Food and Drink (#9)

Sunday, October 15, 2023

Gearing Up for Halloween

 Making this Halloween a steampunk one,,, 

This is a totally digital journal page which I'm sharing with Art Journal Journaling for their October theme IN GEAR.  No contest there, just sharing.

I'm entering this in the October Steampunk challenge at Gecko Galz where the free image to use is the geared up spider.   I've added other Gecko Galz images from:
Industrial Age Digital Stamps
Steam Fantasies Junk Journal Kit (prize I won previously)
witch's hat cropped from Witchy Women collage sheet

I played with my Photoshop Elements software to create muted colors.

Wednesday, May 31, 2023


The Painted Ladies art group recently went to a member's garden to do some plein air.  This is not my forte but I chose to paint some peonies.  Mine are not a replica but rather an abstract view. I'm taking an on-line class dealing with abstract art in journaling.  The leaves are in various mediums done in the abstract.  

The photo I took. ('m also working with an on-line i-Phone photography class.

Sharing at Art Journal Journey May Flowers prompt


Crafting From the Heart Challenge 2 Anything Goes  #1

613 Avenue Create May 2023 Anything Goes; optional Say It With Flowers #240

Sunday, May 21, 2023

Birthday Card

 I made a special pocket card for a special tea loving someone turning 80 years old.


Gecko Galz digital images
Ginger Scraps digital" birthday wishes" sentiment
Designer Scrapbook Studio digital doily
STAMPlorations acrylic stamps
Bossy Joscie rubber stamp
Prima flowers. rose dimensional sticker, tassel,  and ribbon from stash
Archival "coffee" ink pad to distress edges of papers
large tea bag used to wrap gift card; The Paper Studio coffee paper clip; twine
Tim Holtz Splatters stencil on ledger paper
Stencil Girl stencil on card inside
Authentique paper on card back


Happy Little Stampers May Challenges:  Birthday #41x
Triple B May Challenge (Bloom) #97 x
Colorful Options May Blue #104 x
Gecko Galz Facebook Papercrafting: May Birthday/Tea Party; Circle WINNER!!!

Sunday, April 2, 2023

Steampunk Owl

 Here is a steampunk owl tag that I created for some challenges.

Digital Materials

Steampunk owl freebie from Gecko Galz April monthly Steampunk blog challenge.

Steampunk Fantasies Junk Journal components which I won from Gecko Galz

bow from Digital Scrapbook Studio


Gecko Galz April Steampunk monthly blog challenge   WINNER!!!!!

Gecko Galz Papercrafting Facebook Challenges: April Birds of a Feather


April brings new challenges.  I jumped right in to the Gecko Galz ATC challenge for this month, using the free sheet of images found on their blog HERE.  

I created three ATCs:

Entering these makes here:

Gecko Galz April ATC monthly challenge  WINNER!!!!!!

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