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

Thursday, February 2, 2023

Broken Hearted ATC Set

Here is a set of ATCs which I digitally composed.  I then printed them out for me journal.

The ATC backgrounds, hearts, and sentiments were provided on a collage sheet from Gecko Galz for an entry into their February ATC challenge.  After determining the composition, I added a couple of elements from my digital stash.

Entering these challenges:

Gecko Galz Papercrafting Facebook Challlenge: Cogs, Hearts, Gears and Goggles

Gecko Galz ATC Monthly Challenge until Feb 26. I'm #2

Sunday, January 29, 2023


This image reminded me of Wednesday Addams from the Wednesday series on Netflix.  I created a totally digital composition using the card sketch challenge on the Gecko Galz Faecbook Papercrafting Challenge.

In addition to the Gecko Galz image and Freak Show paper, I used elements from Silvia Romero's Boos and Booze Masquerade kit.


Gecko Galz January Card Sketch Challenge as well as the Take Any Item challenge (girl) on Facebook.


Avenue 613 January Challenge Anything Goes I'm #293

The Outlawz Challenge : Saturday Paper A La Mode:  anything but a card--this is a digital composition 8.5x11"   I'm #18  I was a January Top Pick!

The Outlawz challenge:  Til Feb 2 Twisted Thursday Something New (the Gecko Galz digital image) ('m #25)  I was chosen as a January Top Pick!!!

Time For Tea in Wonderland

I've been working on a paper bag Alice in wonderland journal for years.  The current Gecko Galz challenge got me motivated to do another two page spread.

And here are the pages I just made for the challenge:

                                              small mad hatter placed on top of clock

                               gears die distress inked and glued on top of clock paper

                                                             inside with flap open
                                                    letters cut and placed on image


The Corrosive Challenge (anything handmade from any brand) until Feb 4 Challenge #1 2023 Anything Goes   I'm #147

We Love to Create Challenge #1 Craft, Card making & Scrapbooking mixed media challenge - Anything Goes I'm #10

Gecko Galz Through the Looking Glass Challenge (blog) I'm #11

Gecko Galz Facebook Papercrafting Challenges:  Take Any Item (watch) and Anything Alice


Gecko Galz Wonders of Wonderland Stamps (digital)  WOWS12

Gecko Galz Wonders of Wonderland Collage Sheet

Gecko Galz BB The Avenues (clocks)

Gecko Galz Wonderland dominos (tea party image)

Gecko Galz Tea Party Papers (teacups and teapots)

Tim Holtz Sizzix gears die

Ranger Distress Inks in Walnut Stain and Rusty Hinge

Misc. metal  gears

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 WINNER!!!!!

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