Sunday, March 1, 2015

Gecko Galz In the Garden

Busy day today.  Click HERE for The East Wind.
                         Click HERE for Lacy Sunshine.  

It's the first of the month so that also means a new Challenge at Gecko Galz. Our new theme is In the Garden.  

I've made a card using the "pyramage technique".  First I chose a paper from the Victorian Garden Papers (from the March Victorian Spring Club Kit, sized at 4 1/2" x 6" ), an image from the In the Garden Collage set and a floral frame from the Victorian Spring Icons (also from the Club Kit) and sized, layered and printed them using my Printmaster Platinum program.  The layered card front was cut out and inked around the edges with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink and adhered to a  5" x 6 1/2" card base.

I also printed the collage image separately 4 more times and the floral frame once more as well. To do the "pyramage technique", using my Spellbinders Classic ovals, I cut concentric ovals from the 4 unlayered collage images, starting with the largest one first.  I then used the image with the cut out to place the next smaller oval die on the next image, carefully taping with removable tape, and so on, so that when the die cut ovals are layered and popped with adhesive foam, they form the complete picture. (P.S. You can use the images with the cut outs to do a second card in the reverse, if you wish)

The extra frame was fussy cut and I went around the edges both inside and out with the side of a yellow green Copic marker because it was too difficult to ink but I wanted the raw edges colored. The card was finished off with a triple bow from died seam binding and a crocheted butterfly from my stash.  Be sure to visit the Challenge blog and drool over the vintage goodness from my teamies. Come play along with us, you have all month to join in.

I'm entering this in the Simon Says Monday ATG Challenge, My Sheri Crafts Welcome Spring, The Stamping Boutique More Than One Layer, Creative Knockouts Lots of Layers, Southern Girls Get Your Girly On, the Crafter's Cafe Lots of LayersCrafting for All Seasons Dies and/or Punches and Simon Says Wednesday ATG.

Lacy Sunshine a Passion for Fashion

If you are looking for my East Wind card, please click HERE.

A fun new challenge starts today on the Lacy Sunshine Challenge Blog with the theme of "A Passion for Fashion"  (Use a digi with a fancy dress or do a shopping theme.) WooHoo!  Right up my alley.  Tough choice for me, there are so many beauties from Lacy Sunshine, but I finally decided on Nicolosia Venice City Girl. I've made a twisted easel using variations on the Spellbinders Labels One die and my new fave Noor design Lacy Square die.

Nicolosia is colored with Copics in the traditional Mardi Gras colors of green purple and gold. She's fussy cut and popped for dimension and I've added some adhesive beds and gems to her necklace and mask.  I think she'd be stunning in other colors for a New Year's or Halloween Masquerade Ball as well, don't you?

Here's a side view of the twisted easel.  The mask die is also from Spellbinders which I've cut twice, trimmed and layered.  The sentiment is peel off stickers from Starform.  My DT sisters obviously enjoyed this challenge as much as I did, so be sure and visit the Challenge Blog and leave them some love.  You'll also see the winners from challenge 52, as well as the new Loyalty Program digi that those of you who entered the last challenge with a Lacy Sunshine image can get for free and those who did not, may purchase at 50% off for the duration of this challenge.  We also have a new "colored image only" category, so you may link up your unfinished, but hand colored, Lacy Sunshine images as well for a chance to win an image of your choice.

I'm entering this in the Simon Says Monday ATG challenge, the Di's Digi Designs Birthday challenge, Digi Galore It's All About Her, the Outlawz Friday Coloring challenge ATG, Creative Knockouts Lots of Layers, Pile It On Use Adhesive Embellishments (beads, gems and sentiment), Simon Says Wednesday ATG, the Crafter's Cafe Lots of Layers, and Crafting for All Seasons Dies and/or Punches.

New Challenge at The East Wind

Time for a new challenge at The East Wind with the theme of Doodle Doodle Doo.  (Add some doodling or faux stitching).  Gotta say I almost missed the actual challenge part, thinking that the cute Unkytoon freebie from the newsletter this month WAS the doodling.  OOPS!  Fortunately, my layout conveniently lent itself to faux stitching, so I after a minor adjustment, I was good to go.

I colored the little witch Unky with Copics and Prismacolor pencils and cut her out with a Spellbinders Labels Eighteen.  I inked it while still in the die with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink.  The cute web banner and spider dies are from La-La Land, the kitty is Obsession Impression and the word stickers are from Authentique.  Be sure to visit the Challenge Blog to see my DT Sisters' creative take on this month's newsletter freebie. (Sign up top right of the Challenge Blog to get yours each month)  We can't wait to see what you create.  Any digi is welcome, but your first entry with an East Wind stamp counts twice.  Be sure to link up once to your post, and then a second time to your blog.  

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

J'adore Paris

Here's a wall hanging I did as inspiration for Gecko Galz with a Paris theme. First I covered an paper mache heart with digi paper from the Parisian Dreams paper pack and added pleated black organdy trim to the edge.  Then I cut and both the shadow and regular Eiffel tower with my Cricut and embossed them with Cuttlebug embossing folders and popped them with foam at an angle.

I cropped and collaged 5 different digi stamps from the French Connections stamp set, colored them minimally with Copics and added some Frantage for the main event.  The J'Adore Paris banner was fussy cut from another of the stamps in the set and popped near the top.

Here's the dimensional view.  I've used tulle as a hanger, strung through the holes in the heart and finished off with some jet adhesive flat back gems.

I'm entering this in the Simon Says Monday No Rules (ATG) challenge, Simon Says Wednesday ATG, the As You Like It Favorite Anything but a Card Project (mine are wall hangings because they can be hung anywhere to brighten up a room or door), Frilly and Funky It's Time for a Vacation (I'll say!)  and the Outlawz Monday Greetings ATG Challenge.

And here's one more 100% digital inspirational piece using the Icons from the Gecko Galz February Coquette Digital Club Kit available HERE, individually and HERE as part of a subscription.  The girl, rose frame, additional roses at the bottom, eyelet lace and polka dot tag are all included in the kit (along with many more) in png form so they were easy to layer in the printing program of choice (mine was Printmaster Platinum).  All I added was the rectangular frame, drop shadows and computer generated sentiment.  I rarely do all digital projects, but this was easy, fun and I think, really pretty, using the Club Kit Icons.   I'll be playing more with these for sure.

I'm entering this in the Digitally Sweet ATG Challenge #129.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

SCACD Brave Hearts and Eclectic 2 Rubber Stamp Release Blog Hop

Today SCACD celebrates 2 NEW recently released exclusive rubber stamp sets. They are the Brave Hearts (a group of 4 empowered gals) and Eclectic 2 (a combo of 6 steampunk and ethereal stamps).  With the Eclectic 2 collection, if you buy the entire set, you get 4 FREE date stamp words.  SCACD artist, Carmen Medlin, and Susana collaborated on these images and we're so happy to be showcasing them to you now. :D

They're available for purchase in the USA HERE. (for the Brave hearts and Eclectic 2 sets).

Our international friends can purchase them from Quixotic Paperie HERE.

SCACD digital stamps for both USA and International can always be found HERE.

My project is an art journal page (that I liked so much I tore it out and matted it) using the fabulous new Steampunk Sea Turtle Pair from the Eclectic Collection 2 (also available individually).  They were stamped with Memento Ink, colored with Copics, fussy cut and popped atop a watercolor paper background created by mopping up sprays from my craft mat.  The metal swirls are supposed to be steampunky bubbles.  LOL

I used the Kelp Forest stencil (also designed by Carmen Medlin) and Modeling Paste to further build the scene.  Once the paste was dry, I replaced the stencil and sponged Distress Ink in Peeled Paint over the raised areas for color.  I've finished off with some die cut gears from Tim Holtz and Memory Box that I enhanced with Rub 'n Buff and Frantage.

Your next stop should be Nikki and if you get lost along the way, head back to the SCACD Store Blog HERE.  Happy hopping.

I'm entering this in the Simon Says Monday No Rules(ATG) Challenge and the Outlawz Twisted Thursday ATG challenge.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Gecko Galz Inspiration

Today I'm featured on the Gecko Galz Blog with my projects for the month (and apparently some of last's month's snuck in again over there again, too  LOL).   This project was a first time try and I learned quite a bit from it.  It was loads of fun and I'll definitely be trying it with more of the fab images from Gecko Galz.


Gecko Galz Coquette Collage sheet from the Feb Coquette Digital Crafting Kit (only available with the subscription) 

Other: Printing Program (I use Printmaster Platinum), 4x4" travertine tiles (available at home improvement stores), tissue paper, temporary adhesive (spray or tape), brush, Matte Mod Podge, water, 600 grit sand paper, felt (for back of coasters)  and matte acrylic sealer and hangers if using for wall tiles.

Choose and size Coquettes from Collage Sheet to 3 1/2" square (you may have to stretch some in one direction or the other)  Add text box sentiments, making the background of text white, rather than transparent.  Print on inexpensive regular white smooth card stock.  (I have a laser printer, I'm not sure how Mod Podge reacts with Inkjet printers.  Best to test to see if it bleeds)   Cut smooth white tissue into squares and use removable spray or tape to adhere them to the card stock (If using tape, be sure it does not cover the image anywhere).  Print again.  Trim images.

Cover tile with a medium coat of matte Mod Podge and carefully add image, smoothing any wrinkles or bubbles as best you can.  Let dry.  Add at least 3 coats of  Mod Podge to top, letting each coat dry before adding the next.  Wet sand with 600 grit sandpaper to remove any brush strokes, wiping off the milky residue with a wet paper towel.  Make sure you do not sand too deeply or you will remove any portion of the image that may have bubbled or wrinkled   Your image will appear cloudy, but will eventually dry clear.  Add more coats as needed and sand until smooth.  If using as coasters, seal with acrylic sealer.  Glue felt to the back to protect your table from scratches.  Not need to seal if just hanging as wall decoration.  Glue hanger to back of these.

Note:  I used tissue because I wanted it to appear as if the images were part of the tile.  You can see the variations of color through the images.  You may use regular copy paper which will be more opaque (and easier to smooth out without tearing) but more coats may be required.  Alternatively, use Gloss Mod Podge and sealer if desired.

Here's some close ups of the individual tiles.  Aren't they a sassy bunch?  Not quite sure why the lighting was funky when I took the individual pix.  They look like the group pic up top.  Somebody always wants to stand out in a crowd, I guess

I've got some more projects on the Gecko Galz Blog if you'd like to check them out, but I think I'll save some of those for another day.  And don't forget our Vintage Ladies Challenge going on now through the end of the month with a fab prize of a $25 GC to Gecko Galz.  All you need to have is at least one Gecko Galz product.  Can be papers, or an image, or a digi stamp, or even Freebies count so check us out on Pinterest where monthly freebies are posted and sign up for our newsletter (top left of Blog) to receive a free collage sheet every month.  There are monthly Challenges on the Gecko Galz Papercrafting FB page as well, so come check us out.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Wicked Wednesday ATC Fairy Happy Birthday

Here's my creation for the latest Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge.  I'm enjoying creating in miniature again.  The coloring is quite a challenge and it's fun to see what all you can pack in a 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 inch space.  The theme this time is a Fairy Happy Birthday.  The hardest part was choosing an image from the bazillion fairy images I own.  This cutie caught my eye because it reminded me of how little ones get so excited when their birthday rolls around that they wear themselves out before it's time for the cake.  The image is from Milk Coffee and is called Soya Takes a Nap.  She's colored with Copics with a bit of Stickles sparkle on her wings.  I couldn't resist adding a birthday crown and one of my hoarded inchworm (Queen &Co) brads.  The cool mushroom boarder is a Joycrafts (Noor design) die that I've colored and popped.  The tiny butterfly is a Martha Stewart punch, the sentiment is computer generated.

I'm entering this in the ABC Challenge D is for Die Cuts, the City Crafter Love Metal (crown and inchworm brad), Fan-Tastic Tuesday ATG/Use a die, the Outlawz Tuesday Color Challenge (blue, red, green /with a twist add brads), Sweet Stamps Happy Birthday, Papertake Weekly  Bingo (using Die Cut, Free, Glitter), TTRCD ATG, Tuesday Throwdown Use Metal, and the Corrosive Challenge Things with Wings.

Monday, February 16, 2015

New Challenge at Aurora Wings

Our new challenge starts today at Aurora Wings.  The theme is My Lucky Colors. Well I don't know about lucky, but my favorite color has always been red.  Pair it with black and white and I'm good to go.  It's striking and dramatic and really makes the red POP!

Mitzi has a number of gorgeous images in the Shop that lend themselves to the color red, but this time I chose the gorgeous Girl With Poppies.  She's colored with Copics with white gel pen for highlights and I just love how she came out.

I'm not exactly sure what this card fold is called nor where I first saw it.  I do know I had a hard time taking decent pix.  The die cuts are Spellbinders Enchanted Labels 28 and I've used Starform peel off stickers for the sentiment and added trim.  The focal image really needed no other embellishments.  There is gorgeous colorful inspiration by my DT sisters on the Challenge Blog so be sure hop on over and have a look.  And don't forget to scroll down for our Winner's Post, as well.  On Facebook, our February challenge is Everything's Coming Up Roses, so we hope you join us there, as well.

I'm entering this in the Come and Get It Birthdays Challenge, 613 Avenue Create ATG/optional RAK Day, Digi Galore ATG, Kitty Bee Favorite Color Combo (red, black, white), Outlawz Paper a la Mode Fantasy, Craft for the Craig  Birthday, Dream Valley Favorite Color Combo (red, black, white)and Quick Quotes Red and White.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Lacy Sunshine Things With Wings

Our new Challenge at Lacy Sunshine is Things With Wings and the DT is using the gorgeous new Enchantresses for our projects.  I've chose the sweet Honeybee Enchantress.  Isn't she just precious?  I've made a large tag in non Valentine colors (in case I want to use it for something else).  The hearts are printed from the fabulous new Vintage Honeybee Collection digi paper from My Artistic Adventures.  I've added burlap ribbon, crocheted and paper flowers with button centers, some twine and a metal hive for embellies.

Honeybee is colored with Copics and pencils with yellow Liquid Pearls for the honey and Stardust Stickles on the bee's wings.   She's fussy cut and popped atop the layered hearts.

Here's the dimensional view.  I hope you can come join us for our Things With Wings Challenge, and those of you who used a Lacy Sunshine image in the last challenge, don't forget to email Audrey for your free Loyalty Program digi. (She's just GORGEOUS!) And for those who didn't, she is half price at the Shoppe.  WooHoo!

I'm entering this is in the My Artistic Adventures Warms the Heart Challenge, the Allsorts Any Occasion Other Than Birthday, Just Us Girls use Burlap, the Outlawz Friday Coloring Have a Heart Challenge, Crafting With The Dragon Hearts and Flowers, The Stamping Boutique Hearts challenge, Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge Add a Bow, 613 Avenue Create ATG/Optional RAK Day, the Corrosive Challenge Things With Wings and Fussy and Fancy All About Love

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Tip Your Hat to The East Wind

Our new challenge at The East Wind starts today with the theme of Tip of the Hat (include a hat).  I'm a huge fan of hats now that I wear them nearly all the time while outside for any length of time (to keep the red from going funky), so I had a hard time choosing an image with all the great ones at The East Wind.  I finally chose Lucy Loo "Lucy Style 'I Love You".  I happen to love her 'tude!  Did the card in sot of "punk" colors and thought the cool die I won from The Frantic Stamper fit the bill.

Lucy is colored with Copics and Prismacolor pencils.  I tried to make her hat look like tweed.  Added a glitter foam heart and black and pink Alpha Beads.  This was a particularly fun one for me.

Here are all the important Links:
Challenge Blog
Show Room Blog
FB Group
FB Fan Page
Etsy Shop
Hope to see you around!

I'm entering this in the Fantasy Stampers Pretty in Pink, Kit and Clowder February Love, Allsorts Anything Other Than Birthday, Creative Fingers ATG, Fussy and Fancy It's All About Love, 4 Crafty Chicks Valentines, Simon Says Monday Red+Pink, Cute Card Thursday Perfectly Pink, In the Pink Love is in the Air, and DTBST Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day!

Hope you're doing what you love, with whom you love.  Here's a little cutie I did for the PpinkyDolls FB Valentine's challenge

This is one of her earlier images, called I Love You, so it didn't have much shading.  Did the heart and skin with Copics and most of the hair and clothes with pencil.  Doily is Cheery Lynn and the Hugs&Kisses from my new Tim Holtz die.  Aren't those heart shaped Alpha Beads adorable?  xox

I'm entering this in the Digi Galore February ATG Challenge, the Allsorts Any Occasion Other Than Birthday Challenge, the Outlawz Twisted Thursday w/Optional Use a Doily Challenge, Kitty Bee Favorite Color Combo (red, black&white), Simon Says Monday Red+Pink, 4 Crafty Chicks Valentines, and Addicted to Stamps and More ATG and Fussy and Fancy It's All About Love.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

50 Shades of...

Oh those gals at Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers certainly are a hoot.  Their current challenge is G is for Grey (as in 50 shades OR the color) and although I've not read the book don't plan to see the movie (at least on on Valentine's Day.  Seriously?) I couldn't pass up the chance to dabble in a bit of S&M.  LOL

First up is from my "go to" bondage set called Femdom from Smeared Ink.  Got a bit of the inspiration for the front sentiment from Snarky Sister Chris and my HDH Minion Sister Susan. I managed to borrow Edna's tie to the image and matted it in a few less than 50 shades, but I love how it came out.

And the inside.  Obviously it's been one of those days.  I'll also be adding this to the February Smudgy Antics ATG Challenge and A Step in The Dark Challenge 15.

And then she grew a pair!  Fabulously empowered Long Tall Latex Sally by Ike's Art (precolored even, why mess with perfection?)  I again borrowed Edna's tie and printed it for a background.  Added 3 shades of grey metal dots and Sally is fussy cut and popped for emphasis.  (You GO girl!)

And inside...  Found handcuffs image on the net, thanks to inspiration from Chris again.  So there ya go! I'm also entering this in the Ike's World Make Us Laugh Challenge (well, I'm pretty sure at least Ike will laugh) and Left of Center Glamorous Girls (or LOC, depending how you look at it.)    LOL

So whatever floats your boat this VD, ENJOY!