Thursday, April 30, 2015

Ooops! My card became a canvas!

Hi crafty friends!  So yesterday you may have seen the card I posted for the Fripperies and Butterflies blog challenge.  Well.....I was about to put in the drawer when I happened to set it on top of an inverted canvas.  Also on the desk were a couple of fussy cut hummingbirds left over from a creative team project for Ephemera's Vintage Garden.  I had a sudden epiphany, and off I went!  Below is the end result.

I began by painting over the wood and staples on the backside of the canvas with gesso.  I then covered it with tissue paper which I had printed previously, supplies will be listed below.  The tissue prints were already in my pile of leftovers.  I used Mod Podge to adhere the tissue to the canvas frame.  The project was not without it's problems.  Originally I had used a flower cluster die cut behind the fairy from Kaisercraft.  It was pretty, but it didn't fit the new whimsical look I was going for, so I had to remove it.  We all know how that goes LOL.  As a result, I'm not crazy about my flower arrangement in the lower left corner, but I had to cover up where the paper was ripped from the removal of the die cut, so I did the best I could.  I hope you like my card makeover!

Tissue paper Mod Podged to the frame:
Gecko Galz Vintage Visions digital paper pack
Ephemera's Vintage Garden digital paper from A Happy Place
Hummingbirds from Ephemera's Vintage Garden Miss Lady Fay collection
Whimsical Botanicals from Paper Whimsy
Fairy image and Butterflies from Fripperies and Butterflies

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

She Believed She Could Fly Card

Sharing another card today, this one with a mixed media background I created a while back.  Both the fairy image and the butterfly were freebie images from the Fripperies and Butterflies blog.  Die cut window and flower cluster by Kaisercraft.

Yellow and Lilac Butterfly Card

Good morning crafty friends!  Today I'm sharing a card I created for a special friend of mine.  I have used digital printable background papers and sentiment from Gecko Galz.  The purple cardstock is Tim Holtz core-dinations distress paper which I have sanded.   The gorgeous image was a freebie from the Fripperies and Butterflies blog.  The butterflies were a free printable I found on Google.  I printed them in varied sizes and used pop dots to add them to my card.  Thanks for looking!  
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Friday, April 10, 2015

April Samples for Gecko Galz

Where has the time gone this month, and what happened to the first 10 days in April!  Well anyway, I'm sharing my April samples for Gecko Galz a few days late.  I hope you like them!  It was so much fun creating with the gorgeous images the team was given to play with.  All of these images are available at Gecko Galz on Etsy, either as collage sheets, or as icons in the April Kit Club which can also be purchased.  The monthly kit club contains so many goodies!
"Wedding Day" Card
The frame is from the Easter Parade Icons 2 (April Kit Club)
Image from the Wedding Bells 1 Collage Sheet
Background paper from The Flower Power Paper Pack (April Kit Club)

"A Joyous Easter" Tag
Collaged background created using fussy cut bits from The Flower Power Paper Pack (April Kit Club)
Chick in cracked egg image from Easter Icons 2 (April Kit Club) 

"Happy Mother's Day" Card
Background papers from the Easter Parade Paper Pack
Mother and Baby image from Mums the Word 2 Collage Sheet

"Some Bunny Loves You" Card
Background paper from the Flower Power Paper Pack (April Kit Club)
Background paper from the Easter Parade Paper Pack
Image from the Easter Parade Collage Sheet

"Easter Blessings" Card
Background Papers from the Flower Power Paper pack (April Kit Club)
Image from the Easter parade Collage Sheet

Altered Printer's Tray for Ephemera's Vintage Garden

Hello friends!  Today I'm sharing my first project using journal bits and backgrounds from the Mabel's Diary digital collection for art journaling available at Ephemera's Vintage Garden.  In addition to bits from the collection, I've also incorporated some of the fun freebies issued weekly.  I purchased the tray at Michael's, painted it white, then covered it with various colors and patterns of washi tapes.  I cut my images from the collage sheets, and played with the arrangement until I liked it.  Easy peasy and fun!  
Also Available:
Mabel's Diary Printable Journal Kit
The miniature chipboard corset is by Gina's Designs

Also visit the designer of all of the amazing digital collections on the YouTube channel, where you can watch the gorgeous art bits come together in the most amazing art journals!  So inspiring!

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Thanks for looking and come back soon to see more projects!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Artist Trading Block for Gecko Galz April Customer Challenge

Good morning crafty friends!  It's time for a new challenge at the Gecko Galz Blogspot.  This month our Challenge theme is "Easter Time!!"
You will have until March 29th to enter.  There is only one rule.  You will need to use at least ONE  product from Gecko Galz!!
It can be one of our free products, digital stamps, collage sheet images, or digital papers!!  It is up to you!!
The winner will receive a $25 Gecko Galz Shopping Spree in our Etsy shop.

Below is my entry with step-by-step instructions below.

Below is the backside.  In the instructions I will tell you how to create the two-sided image so that your creation will look finished on both sides.

Paint the bottom and the edges of a 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 hollow wooden block with gesso.

When dry, rub the bottom and edges with Adirondack Ink in Pesto

Print out EP05 from the Easter Parade digital paper pack

Cut into five equal squares to cover five sides of the block, excluding the bottom.  Ink all edges of the paper, then adhere to the wooden block using a Scotch Craft Stick.

Print out the Egg Hunt image from Easter Parade Icons 1, included in the April Kit.  Distress edges, then adhere to the front of the block.

Add small buttons and a bold graphic self-stick cloth tape trim at the bottom.   Add feet if desired and paint to match.

Print out the bunny image from Easter Parade Icons 2 at 3" x 5".  Print it again using mirror image for the back side.  

Using the Scotch Craft Stick, adhere one of the bunny images to a piece of  65 lb weight white cardstock, and then fussy cut.  The extra layer of paper will make your bunny sturdier.

Fussy cut the mirror image, cover with Scotch Craft Stick, and carefully adhere to the back side of the other bunny image, lining it up perfectly to the other side.  You will now have a two-sided and very sturdy bunny image.

Use a thin line of hot glue to adhere the bunny image to the center of the block.  Surround the image with moss and plastic bird eggs to further secure the bunny to the block.  Embellish with flower vines and other desired embellishments.