Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Gypsy Roses

This month at Gecko Galz, the challenge is Bohemian Rhapsody.  I created a set of digital ATCs as my entry.

Using PhotoShopElements software, I loaded the Gecko Galz collage paper of 6 ATC backgrounds.  I changed the title to Gypsy Roses to follow my theme of placing at least one rose on each ATC.  Most of the digital images required me to remove the backgrounds and create png files in order to place the images onto the ATC backgrounds.  This created a smooth blend of image and background.  With two of the images, I created frames around them for cohesiveness.

The following Gecko Galz digital collage sheets were used:

Rhapsody ATC background collage sheet
Gypsy Spirit, 
Boho Babies, 
Gypsy Magic,
Pretty Petals 
and some roses from other sources


Gecko Galz Papercrafting Group on Facebook:  October Challenges: Boho Colors; The Bohemians

Gecko Galz October Challenge: Bohemian Rhapsody I'm entry #8

Friday, October 7, 2022

Autumn Card

 I made this card for my adult daughter's birthday.

I created a digital composition and then printed it out to cut and fold into a card.

Leaf background and image are from Gecko Galz and the label is from Ginger Scraps. Sentiment found on internet and typed onto label (tape).

Autumn Colours mini paper pack (no longer available).

Freebie image from Gecko Galz blog.

Autumn Dew collaboration element.

Entering the following challenges:

Gecko Galz October Image Challenge I'm #2

Gecko Galz Papercrafting Facebook Page October Challenges: Boho Colours

Crafty Catz Challenge #609 (weekly on Fridays) I'm #9

Aud Sentiments Halloween/Fall and a sentiment #298 I'm #12

The Four Seasons October Anything Goes Challenge I'm #72

The Card Concept: Colors of Fall #181: inspired by fall leaves in photo and created a classy and elegant style card  I'm #9

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Lovin' Shakespeare

 I would love to wander over to England and see a Shakespearean play.

This is a totally digital composition using: Gecko Galz Collage sheets: Shakespeare and Old World Maps.

Entering the July Gecko Galz blog challenge: Wanderlust.  WINNER!

Saturday, June 11, 2022

Summer Song

After creating the inked background, I ran the card through the printer to print the digital sihlouette image.  Then I added the embellishments.

Materials Used:
Gecko Galz digital collage sheets: Charming Sihlouette Stamp Set, Charming Words Collage Sheet
Ranger Distress Inks: Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick
various flowers and rhinestones from stash
Kaiser rhinestones
Washi Tape in hot pink and orange

Entered these challenges:

Gecko Galz Papercrafting Challenge Group (on Facebook) June Challenges:  Lazy, Hazy Days of Summer as well as the Colour Challenge.

Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge:  (June)  The Music of Life  til June 14; I'm #2 RANDOM DRAW WINNER OF $25 GIFT CARD TO THEIR STORE!

Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog:  Summer  til June 28, I'm #9

Creative Artiste Challenge #83 Anything Goes til June 26  I'm #18 X

2 Sisters on the BlogChallenge #63  Garden Map (something that you do in the garden)
                                                                             til June 28; I'm #21X

Creations in Pink Challenge #46 til July 13; I'm #54

The Four Seasons Challenge: June: Anything Goes Summer til Jun3 28; I'm #48 X

Mood Board

Friday, October 29, 2021

Halloween DARE cards

These might look like ATCs, but actually each one is a 5x7 inch greeting card.  These cards were made for family members to help celebrate Halloween.

Materials used:
black cardstock folded to 5x7 greeting card size
substrate is gelli plate print using acrylic paints
Tim Holtz paper dolls and washi tape
napkin (raven)
text is page torn from Edgard Allen Poe book 
acrylic paint
black pen for doodling
Ranger Archival black ink
various stamps including 
STAMPlorations clear stamp sets Mixed Media Grunge and Art Marks (includes word DARE)
Seth Apter rubber stamp set Planetarium


The Funkie Junkie Boutique Blog Challenge:  Grunge and Ghouls or Giggles I'm #9

More Mixed Media Challenge October Anything Goes optional orange  I'm #46 exp Nov 5

Beyond the Blue #BB39Happy Fall/Happy Halloween I'm #2 exp  11/11 no winners

Creative Artiste Mixed Media #76 Anything Mixed Media Goes  I'm #21 exp 10/31
I WON the Design Team Choice! 

Thursday, October 28, 2021

The Eyes Have It

 Here is my offering for some on-line challenges.

This is a digital composition using autumn paper and cat image from Gecko Galz.

Check out those spooky eyes! 


Gecko Galz October Monthly Image I'm #8

Gecko  Galz Papercrafting Facebook Page October Challenges: I WON THE WHIMSICAL CHALLENGE! 

Friday, October 22, 2021

Autumn Birthday Card

It's been awhile since I posted.  I've been busy digital scrapbooking for my grandkids and dabbling in mixed media projects and art journaling.  Mixed media has carried over into my cardmaking.  This is a birthday card for my daughter.

The outside base is a Gelli plate print using acrylic paint. I then highlighted the raised leaves from the embossing folder.  The main image glued on top is a digital image from Vera Lane Studio which I colored with Copic markers. The inside base is made with Ken Oliver color burst powders.  I made a pocket and added some die cut and embossed leaves (Tim Holtz) from another Gelli plate print. Stamping both outside and inside is from STAMPlorations.



CCC Digi Creations:  Challenge #130  Autumn and/or Halloween I'm #63 Expires Oct 31 x

Country View October Autumnal Colors and or Halloween I'm #149 exp 10/31
Winners announced on 14th x

More Mixed Media Challenge October Anything Goes optional orange  I'm #28 exp Nov 5   winner announced around the 10th

 A Bit More Time to Craft October Challenge Anything Goes I'm #129 exp 10/28
random drawing x

International Art and Soul #119 Mostly Orange and Yellow I'm #13 exp 10/23

                                   i won  DT fav!

Shopping Our Stash #456 Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice I'm #26 exp 10/25

The Sisterhood of Crafters Happy Birthday I'm #47 exp10/24 
 winner announced 10/26 x

The Card Concept Inspiration Challenge #162 Fall Fun I'm #2 exp 11/1 x

Inspired by the fall colors which are easy to use in the mixed media style

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Art in Color

This week's Wanderlust 21 lesson was by Carolyn Dube.  If following her lead, we were to stamp an image multiple times on our journal page.  I wanted to stop there because I have such a difficult time covering things up with paint and then covering up all that paint with white. 

However her theme was planned serendipity--see where things lead-- so I decided to SEIZE THE DAY (More Than Words challenge) and plunge right in, using the 5 colors from the Mixed Media Challenge mood board.    

I used my new BIC Intense color markers, some new Stencil Girl stencils (loved them and really got lost in the moment when using them), a rubber stamp from Paper Artsy by Kasia Avery. and some new laser cut chipboard from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts which was my prize for More Than Words: Main January Challenge:     Regional USA Winner!!! The words are computer generated and cut up with added markmaking. I used my new Posca pens in black and white and a pink Sharpie for my markmaking.  Once again,  I went with a serendipity attitude when the marks weren't perfect because of the lumpy layers beneath them!


Mixed Media Challenge March Mood Board  I'm #2 x

We Love 2 Create Challenge #3 Anything Goes Mixed Media I'm #44 x

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Wishes to Return to the Things I Love To Do

My take on another Wanderlust lesson which involved a dandelion.  When I was little, I'd pick those white dandelions and blow them into the wind; I'm not sure I actually made wishes while doing it. I used a vellum envelope and wrote, on the tag inside, my wishes for things I love that I once again will be able to do after I get my COVID vaccine. The wishes range from hugging my kids to getting a haircut.  

I had trouble finding a white pen that worked on top of acrylic paint, so I ended up using a fine brush and white acrylic paint. I used a fan brush to make the wispy dandelion tips.  

Of course, I had to add a couple of digital printout images from Gecko Galz. And I happened to have washi tape that said make a wish!


Art Journal Journey:  February:  Heavy Metal (staples and wish charm) #64

Gecko Galz Facebook Papercrafting Challenge Group:  Love

Frilly and Funkie February: Groundhog Day #18 x

Things I love to use over and over are my acrylic paints, stamps, black pen, and digital images. I also love digging around in years of craft stash to find the perfect embellishments. 

Monday, February 8, 2021

Hearts and Roses Equal Romance

My art journal pages are inspired by a Wanderlust 2021 lesson.  However, I created my own take on the concept, using heart shapes, stencils and glitter.  


General's charcoal pencil, Signo white Uniball pen, Faber Castell black Pitt artist pen,TomBow Dual Brush Pen botanical green, Crayola Glitter marker red

Glitz Beautiful Dreamer Damask scrapbook paper

Wendy Vecchi Stencils for Art Never Enough Hearts

STAMPlorations ARTplorations stencil Hearts All Over

white and clear gesso; Liquitex white heavy body acrylic paint, Dina Wakley magenta heavy body acrylic paint, modeling paste; PVA and PPA glue

Gecko Galz digital papers and collage sheets: A Rose Is A Rose, Texture Jewels Squares, Beautiful Dreamer, Wild Roses paper pack, Heather Hudson for Gecko Galz Birds of a Feather word labels, Rose stamps

German Dresden Border Fancy Scalloped Red metallic strip

red bread ties with metal strip inside

Stampin' Up heart die

vintage postage stamps

heart doilies, washi tape and red gem strips most likely from Michaels


Art Journal Journey:  February:  Heavy Metal (bread ties and Dresden) #47

Gecko Galz Facebook Papercrafting Challenge Group:  Roses or Music; Colours  WINNER

Gecko Galz Blog:  February Challenge:  Love Through the Ages #4 x

More Than Words February Challenge: Romance and Rose #8 x

Mixed Media Academy:  February Challenge:  Quote and Colors #4 x

More Mixed Media Challenge February:  Anything Goes with Optional Red #6

STAMPlorations: Love Vibe Challenge with Sue #8 x

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