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

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Garden of Wishes for 2021

I've signed up for the year long Wanderlust 2021 course from Everything Art.  This is class #2.  It is from Laly Mille which focuses on growth and gratitude. I did a two page journal spread.  In addition to the overall paper collage technique, she demonstrated how to paint the white flowers.  Underneath the paper collage, I've written my intentions for 2021.  The acrylic paint flowers with paper centers represent my garden of  wishes. I made it my own by feathering the flowers and adding pink and blue flowers in a different style. My garden could not be complete without a fairy and a butterfly.

I shared this with

Gecko Galz Papercrafting Facebook group where one of January's prompts is to make your own flowers.  The Gecko Galz images are from Pixie Chicks digital stamps and Butterfly Wings collage sheet.  WINNER!!! 

Avenue 613 Create January Anything Goes I'm #215

Mixed Media Challenge Blog January Hope Grows Everywhere  2nd entry located at #8

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Longing for Family and Travel in 2021

Happy 2021 New Year!  I'm delighted to put 2020 behind me.  The year started out great with many wonderful moments and adventures, but I've been shut at home since mid-March.  I'm looking forward to a brighter 2021. 

The January prompt at Art Journal Journey is My Favourite Things.

Family, traveling, and art are among my favorite things which I combined into this two page art journal spread. I hope to get back to doing those things in 2021--a new beginning after COVID is under control. And hope springs eternal that I will get to England some day to see where my parents were married.

Inspiration for the layering is from Mary Beth Shaw of Stencilgirl Products who offers " art along" sessions on her FaceBook page which are taped and can be done at any time.  You may recognize some Tim Holtz products--tissue paper, stencil, washi tape and paper dolls. I layered in some drywall tape, old sheet music, and a cut up Basic Grey scrapbook paper.  Waves across the ocean are a STAMPlorations ARTplorations FOILED stencil.


More Than Words: Main January Challenge:  Beginnings and Washi Tape #1   Regional USA Winner!!!!

STAMPlorations January Stencil Challenge #4

Mixed Media Academy Challenge Blog: January: Hope Grows Everywhere #1

My hope is to travel and to hug family again.  I took inspiration from 1) the texture of the elephant skin and patterns in the other pictures by using drywall tape and 2) from the sky--thinking of crossing the ocean to England.  I used the last 3 colors (no lilac).

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