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!!!!!!

Saturday, February 25, 2023


This is my first attempt at an actual junk journal, where pages and materials are various sizes and textures and are built atop each other.  I needed a home for all of my Valentine related items.  I used 2 inch black zinc shower rings that I found on Amazon. 

A few of my makes are as much as 13 years old, but almost all are brand new, including the actual journal assemblage, for the Gecko Galz winter quarterly junk journal challenge HERE.  I'm entry #7

Other new items are for various challenges as listed. Many materials are vintage ephemera such as old Valentines.

My color palette is red, pink, and turquoise, with white, beige, brown, and black.

The cover is a tag using Gecko Galz images that I made years ago.  I placed it on a new stenciled background and added a strip of antique lace.

Here are the junk journal  back page and "junky" side views.

Coffee cup sleeve and my Gecko Galz ATC/calling card


I tried to do a flip through video but my files were too big!  So I clipped the video into still shots.  (Hopefully at some point, I'll learn how to post a video.)  Had I known this would happen, I would have taken the stills without my hand in the way, but most pages are also shown individually down below. Purpose of the flip through is to show how I assembled my junk journal.

Since this primarily was a Gecko Galz junk journal challenge, here are my pages using Gecko Galz images:

Items using the Gecko Galz Rouge  Collage set (and one image from freebie February 2018 collage sheet):

ATC Set using Heart Strings ATC Set and various children images from other sheets.  Glassine envelope has Heather Hudson image. ATCs kept inside envelope.

Using Abandon Hearts ATC Set (February 2023 freebie on blog)

Journal page using Victorian Elegance Junk Journal Kit

Entering this journal page at  
Festive Friday-any project must use 3 items from list: notes, musical instruments, neutral colors. I'm entry #10 x

Tag using image from freebie Fab February 2023 collage sheet AND

Pocket Page Using image from Valentine Sweets Collage Sheet

Here is a journal page that combined new with an old card I made for Red Lead which is on the back of the journal page.  Everything else is new:


Ourlawz Challenge Twisted Thursday Feb 2-Mar 1 Anything Goes with optional twist tic tac toe (heart/ red/ ribbon across bottom AND pink/flower/ribbon going diagonally on Tic Tac, Toe card) I'm entry #25 x

Also sharing this with Art Journal Journey (no prizes, just sharing work) where February's theme is RED (or a lighter shade-pink)

Here is a mini paperbag journal inside the big junk journal:

Entering this mini paper bag journal in The Paper Funday Challenge #50 February optional Lots of Layers. 
I'm entry #235 x

Here is a gold page to display a beautiful antique Valentine given to my aunt by her daughter years ago and to hold a Tim Holtz tutorial tag I made eons ago:

And here is a Jane Davenport starter journal page which I stenciled and added text and embellishments:

Here are two new makes using a couple new techniques for me, an Iris Fold heart and a torn paper collage house.

Entering the Iris fold card here:
Secrets to Stamping with Debbie:  Anything Goes with a Fun Fold For Creative Creases #51 I'm entry #22 x
Double Trouble Challenge #132  Thing 1 fun folds I'm entry # 20 x

Entering this torn collage house in 
Alphabet Challenge Blog--X is for XOXOXO
I'm entry # 3 x

This is a gelli plate print onto which I placed an old make adhered to a pocket card, (that's a gelli print image of a white doily, not an actual doily glued on):

And finally, here are the old makes that I included:
Old Red Lead Paperworks design on Jenni Bowlin bingo card, using antique Valentine and Stampin' Up stamp.  Old card--not sure whose image-made new back for journal; Old Tim Holtz tutorial tag using dies and washi tape.
Old My Artistic Adventures make for Heather Hudson (at one point she designed for Gecko Galz), Old Gecko Galz make that includes Tim Holtz die cut Umbrella Man.
Old Queen Kat stamps card but added new foil hearts cut from a heart shaped pizza tin, placed on new Stencil Girl background.  Old Tim Holtz tutorial tag.

Materials Used in making this Junk Journal:

Gecko Galz Etsy Shop here digital sheets:
Little Valentine Icons (little boy, little girl on ATCs).
Kiss Me (old make)
February Fancies (little boy holding heart)
Abandon Hearts ATC Set (GG February 2023 ATC challenge)
February 2018 collage sheet (smooch, hair)
Fab February 2023 collage sheet (little girl on ATC, female label)
Alter It (tickets)
Valentine Sweets (cupid card)

Identifiable Items from my years old stash:
Tim Holtz Ideaology kraft glassine pocket
Recollections Mixed Media Embellishments -lace frames
My Paper Studio small paper sacks
Bo Bunny Doilies
Making Memories Ribbon Words
Devon Lace Luncheon Napkin made in England
Dainty Doilies, Artifacts Inc., Palestine, Texas
Doodlebug Designs Doodle Twine
Ranger Distress Inks: Walnut Stain, Pumice Stone, Antique Linen, Old Paper, Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick
Archival Jet Black ink
Black sharpie
Stampin Up Hearts a Flutter heart die
gold foil paper
Little Birdie Classic Elements white roses
Prima flowers
Liquitex Basics Acrylic Naphtrol Crimson
NuAce mounting (antique photo) corners, red and black
Darice Damask Background embossing folder
DecoArt Americana acrylic paint Peacock Teal
Stencil Girl stencils: Teardrop Doily Mask, MB Makes Marks Pipette Stencil,
Wings of Whimsy Short Ribbon Tags
Crafty Secrets Heartwarming Vintage Creative Scraps
Creative Imaginations Happy ABC Double Stickers
Making Memories Love Notes 8x8 Paper Pack
My Artistic Adventures: Heather Hudson's Etsy Shop here (2014 make)
Queen Kat Designs (no longer in business) (arts and crafts supplies section)  envelopes, papers, film strips
Jane Davenport paper pad (American Crafts)
Jenni Bowlin scrapbook paper and embellishments
Little Yellow Bicycle  Christmas Magic Collection Making Memories Love Notes paper pack
Basic Grey Kissing Booth pink ledger paper
Basic Grey die cut shapes
Reminisce My Sweet Valentine Die Cut Stickers
ARTplorations Hearts All Over Stencil
Red Lead Statement Stamps Pretty Valentines
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Valentine Blueprint stamps
Tim Holtz Ideaology Vial Labels
K & Co heart embellishments
My Gelli plate prints on deli paper and cardstock
My painted and stencil stamped papers
My Hand drawn and colored rose

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