Sunday, July 15, 2012

Wild West Card

This is my design team example using some of the July releases at Gecko Galz.

I wanted to show how the Gecko Galz dominoes can be used to make 3 panel cards.  And how the Gecko Galz Jewels can be used in bottlecaps and rosettes.

My selections are based on a theme Cookin' Up Birthday Wishes.

Gecko Galz Wild West Jewel It collection from July 2012 release.  Select 3 Dominoes, resize and print.  Select one Jewel and resize to one inch circle, print and punch out.  Put Jewel inside bottle cap.

Gecko Galz Deadwood ATC paper pack; crop and enlarge 3 ATC backgrounds and print.  Cut two for layering mats and place on cream card base.  Use third for domino mats.
Edge all papers with Ranger Distress Ink in Rusty Hinge color.

Cut strip of paper 3/4" wide and score every 1/4".  Glue ends together and make into rosette.  Place bottlecap on top.
Assemble card and add embellishments. (Artgirlz charmz silver boot)

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Wild and Reckless

We all know about Alice and her wild adventure in Wonderland.  When I saw this week's color inspiration at Summer of Color, I couldn't help but use this particular page from the Gecko Galz Wonderland ATC paper pack.   I enlarged it as the base of my card. 

I thought a black and white image of Alice fussy cut with a bit of white around the edge was a good contrast to the bold design on the paper.  I paired it with an equally simple handmade sentiment strip in black and white, using what I consider to be the perfect sentiment from Lizzy Ann Designs (American Art Stamp).  Both black and white pieces are up on foam pop dots for added dimension.  I'm very pleased that the photograph picked up the contrast so well.

I designed this card for this challenge:

Summer of Color 2: Ice Cream Inspirations Week Five:  Wild 'N Reckless Sherbet

"A green apple, blue raspberry, and fruit punch flavored sherbet party. 
Fruit has never had so much fun."
- Baskin Robbins

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Sweet Treat

This little girl, a Gecko Galz image, is a very sweet little girl who is looking for a very sweet treat, perhaps a strawberry lemonade ice cream cone?

Gecko Galz image and background paper from the June 2012 Lemonade paper pack.
Stampin' Up label and word stamps
Ranger Distress Ink: summer seasonal series: Picked Raspberry
Miscellaneous cloth trim from my stash
Wilton paper doily

Challenges entered:

Summer of Color Week Four Ice Cream Inspiration: Strawberry Lemonade

Art With No Boundaries: Summer Skies:  my dad made an impressionistic painting of a pink sky at daybreak.  This Gecko Galz paper reminds me of that pink sky along with a very sunshiny yellow sky--hot yellow sun because it's been over 100 degrees here for at least a week!

Frilly and Funkie:  Let's See Some Texture including material:  my paper doily (reminds me of the doily you get under your glass of ice cream at the parlor), label up on pop dots, and fabric trim 

Gecko Galz  Ephemera Emporium Crafting Challenges Yahoo Group: With A Touch of Fabric challenge due July 15

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Celebrating the Fourth of July

Family reunion plans to spend the Fourth at the lake have been squashed by oppressive heat and drought.   All open fires have been banned.  It's too darn hot to have a roasted marshmallow at a bonfire anyway.  But also the town's fireworks have been cancelled.  The sun has burnt our grass to a dormant brown.  No rain in sight.

We'll still get together--but inside where there is air conditioning and an indoor pool.  Not a bad second choice.  And we'll enjoy wearing our tee shirts that celebrate ten years of fun at Sunfish--the lake property. 

Wishing everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July!

As long as I have to stay inside to keep cool, I put together this little Independence Day project. I went with a sailor suit theme.

I'm joining in the Crafty Secrets Vintage Paper Crafts Linky Party.

The shadow box is Crafty Secrets. I painted the chipboard with Golden acrylic glaze to thin the paint. Paper is 7 Gypsies.  I edged with Adirondack gold paint dabber. I fussy cut Gecko Galz images from the Star Spangled ephemera set as well as from the new June 2012 release, Yankee Doodle.  The image of the girl on the far left is from Altered Artifacts. The sheet music behind her was a free printable from Crafty Secrets.  Bingo cards are the mini examples off the back of the Jenni Bowlin package. Across the top, the 3-D effect is created with pop dots.  I used the wet distress technique on the image on the left to crinkle the edges.

My bottle cap is a mix of stickers from my stash, some D3 gel and a metal screen number (an antique store find).  

I used my Stampin' Up Crumb Cake Writer pen to edge the images--softer than using black.  I like how the boy's hand looks like he's got it cupped around the shadow box frame.  The balloon image is floating on pop dots. 

I'm also linking this up to Inspiration Journal for this month's Red, White and Blue Challenge.  This is a new challenge for me but I've seen it on several blogs that I visit, so I decided to join in the fun.

Later this week, I'll be linking this up to Beverly's Patriotic Pink Saturday because this time around it's also is Red, White, and Blue Saturday.

For those of you who also listen to my music, today I have Irving Berlin, composer of God Bless America, singing it on the Ed Sullivan show in 1968.  He wrote this song in 1918.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Weather Worn Seaside

CATCH THE WAVE with us this month of July at Unruly PaperArts blogozine. Our Catch the Wave Issue is dedicated to seaside scenes and wonderful water techniques. 

I've created this 8x8"sample for the Reader Art Quest: Beautiful Beach.  You, as a UPA reader, are encouraged to create something beach themed in any type of paper craft or mixed media project and link up your unruly work at UPA between July 1 and July 25.  Don't forget voting for the top five projects takes place between July 26 and July 31.

As I walk along the ocean front, I feel like I'm walking back in time.  Does this place really exist or is it just a figment of my imagination?

A few things to explain my composition: 
1) I created the marbled paper in a workshop and wanted to incorporate it in this piece because of the water technique used to create it--perfect for a water themed month. I chose this particular paper because the pink looked to me like rays of sunlight on an early morning summer day.  The rest reminded me of white caps and ocean waves.  
2) In selecting products, I chose muted colors to give a feel of a weather-worn beach retreat. I wanted the two images to evoke a ghostly quality--children of another era still appearing to play on the beach (if you squint really hard in the sunlight, you'll see them)--so I chose a pale color to stamp with--my new favorite, Crumb Cake.  To catch the sunlight, I added a little sparkle and bling with the embellishments. 
3) I kept the composition to a minimum in order to keep the focus on the design in the paper itself.

hand crafted Spanish marbling paper made in a Prairie Stampers Club workshop

Tim Holtz Alterations Artful Dwellings die
Adirondack Lake Mist acrylic paint dabber
ProArt Gesso
Ranger Distress Inks: Weathered Wood, Tumbled Glass
Ranger Picket Fence Distress Stain
German Dresden Border Fleur BROWN (from Retro Cafe Art)
Sissex embossing folder for roof
Sissex Tim Holtz Alterations embossing folder "wood" for the sign
Petaloo Dazzlers

Rogue Red Head Designs LLC Beach Babes stamp plate
Stampin' Up Crumb Cake Ink
Images and sign elevated with Stampin' Up Dimensionals (pop dot adhesives)

Unidentifiable Manufacturers products:
white corrugated cardboard (Michaels I think)
netting trim and rope fishnet from old scrapbook kits
German dresden fish, crystal sprigs, and specialty stamping paper all from Prairie Art Stamps store in Springfield, IL
pearl/crystal strip from a box store (Michaels I think)

If you'd like to learn more about paper marbling and see the process in action, you may want to check out this You Tube video.  I couldn't find any information on the man (John) who taught our workshop, but came across this interesting video.

This project is my second entry in this challenge:

Craft Room: Friendship

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