Saturday, April 30, 2016

The May Challenge at Gecko Galz!

Hi Crafty Friends! This month our challenge theme on the Gecko Galz blog is "Garden of Dreams".  For my sample this month I chose to alter another of the unfinished wooden plaques that I purchased very inexpensively from Michael's.  This piece was very simple to create.  

I printed out two background papers from the Magnolia Blossoms paper collection covering the top two thirds of the piece with one and the bottom third with another.  I traced around the wooden plaque, cut the shape with scissors, applied with matte Mod Podge, and then sanded the edges smooth.  I rubbed some gesso onto the edges, then inked with vintage photo.  

I then printed out another paper from the same collection (the one with the black birdbath image).  I printed that paper smaller and square to act as a mat for my image.  Along the right hand side I used a stencil followed by ink sprays.  I didn't like the ink spray, it was too dark, so I rubbed clear embossing ink over the raised areas and embossed it in white which ended up looking great IRL.

I die cut a doily and placed it to the left of the image, and later used the other part of it under the flower cluster at top right.  After I placed the image on pop dots and adhered it, I added the resin birdbath by Prima.  Above the image I added a scrap piece of chipboard that was actually the top of a chipboard shuttered window that I'd cut off at some point using just the shuttered part on another project.  I hand painted the chipboard piece, but didn't like the colors so I sprayed over it with gold ink and I liked that look a lot better.  Below the image and to the right there was a blank space of pink paper that didn't look right.  I had planned to put flowers there, but then decided I wanted the flowers at the top instead, so I had this big pink space.  I ended up using a die cut trellis shape to fill in that area.  The dark green color of the trellis die shape was part of the printed paper that I hadn't used, so it blended in perfectly.  I had a scrap piece of a die cut flourish laying around that I'd cut for a previous project and hadn't used, so I stuck that under the image.  I added my flowers and some butterflies from Renea Bouquets and I was done.  Oh, actually not quite.  I thought I needed to bring in a little of the darker pink to the top of the piece so I rubbed some clear embossing ink on the top of the piece and sprinkled on some embossing powder in pale and hot pink and heated it.  I did the same thing along the left edge where the two patterned papers met to blend them a bit.

Whew! Now that I typed all that, it doesn't sound so simple, but really it was!

Anyway, I hope I have inspired you to join in our monthly challenge on the Gecko Galz blog.  We are accepting entries from May 1st - May 30th.  There is only one rule.  You need to use at least ONE product from Gecko Galz.  It can be one of the free products, stamps, collage images, or digital background papers.  The winner will receive a $25 Gecko Galz shopping spree!  We look forward to seeing your creations.  Please stop by the blog to see what the rest of the team has done with the  "Garden of Dreams" theme for May.  I've already seen them, and they are awesome!

Gecko Galz Products:
Magnolia Blossoms digital paper pack
Birds and Bees digital collage set

Other Products:
The gorgeous peachy pink glittered flowers by Recollections
Fine detail embossing powder in white by Recollections
Resin birdbath by Prima
Chipboard window topper by Gypsy Soul Lasercuts (cottage windows)
Glittered double layered Butterflies by Renea Bouquets
Stencil by Prima 
Sizzix thinlits Tim Holtz mixed media dies
Sizzix thinlits Tim Holtz doily die
Flourish die by Spellbinders shapeabilities "Positively Me" set

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Layout - You Are Unforgettable

Welcome Crafty Friends!   Today I'm sharing another layout that I plan to frame for Oliver's memory wall.  This one features the gorgeous Serendipity papers by Blue Fern Studios as well as several awesome chipboard pieces.   I think this is number eight or nine of the 24 layouts I want to display on his memory wall.  I really enjoyed creating this one, and I like to think he's peeking through a beautiful garden.   I still miss him so much, not a day goes by that he doesn't weigh heavily on my mind.  I am entering this one into the Blue Fern Studios April sketch challenge.  I covered my chipboard pieces by first sponging on some white gesso, followed by Lindy's embossing powders. 

I am also entering into the Facebook Inspiration Challenge Board for the Scraps of Darkness and Scraps of Elegance Kit Clubs.  The mood board is pictured below.

 Thanks for looking!    

Blue Fern April Sketch

Blue Fern Products:
Blue Fern Serendipity paper collection
You Are Unforgettable Chipboard Title
Chipboard Mini Flourishes

Butterflies by Renea Bouquets
Scraps of Darkness/Elegance Kit Club papers and embellies
Fern die cuts by Cheery Lynn Dies
Stencils by Kaisercraft and Prima
Sprays by Dylusions
Trinket by Prima
Doily die by Tim Holtz Sizzix
Flowers by Prima and Petaloo and my stash
Sentiment by Deep Red Rubber Stamps

Saturday, April 16, 2016

April Samples for Gecko Galz

Hi Crafty Friends!   Today I'm sharing the samples I created using Gecko Galz products for my monthly feature on the Gecko Galz blog.

Up first is a 12 x 12 layout I created for my Oliver's memorial wall.  He endured a lot over the course of his final 6 months and the treatment for several chronic diseases, chemotherapy and the insertion of a feeding tube.  In the end,  all that I did to save him wouldn't matter, and I had to let him go.

The layout is made up mostly of Gecko Galz images and background papers.  The 12 x 12 background sheet is by Mambi, from their Mixed Media paper pad.   I did add much of my own mixed media painting, stamping, and stenciling.   All paper matting and images are by Gecko Galz including the fussy cut bird at bottom right.  At the bottom left I used the same image as you see in the chipboard "birdhouse" in my next sample below.  I resized the bird head image and changed the bright blue color to a sepia toning so it would look like part of the background paper.  I used a stamp by Kaisercraft to frame the image.   The butterflies are fussy cut freebies that can easily be found on Pinterest in all colors.
Gecko Galz Products:

Blue Birds of Happiness digital collage set
Vintage Visions digital paper pack
Flower Power digital paper pack
Easter Parade digital craft kit (the blue striped paper)

Background paper by Mambi
Bird nest (bottom right) by Prima
Flourish with hearts (bottom right) by Sizzix
Paint Drips stamp by Prima
Stencil 6 x 6 hexagons by TCW
Prima Blooms spray in gold (used over the stenciling)
Sparkling H20's (also used over the stenciling)
Sizzix thinlits die scribbles and splat
Coffee stains stamp by Stamping Bella
Next up is a chipboard birdhouse that I cut from a 12 x 12 sheet of chipboard.  The house measures approx. 5 " x 8".  I used a circle punch to cut the bird image, and used a painted chipboard chain and gears circle over the image.  The background paper is by Gecko Galz and really made the piece special and gave it a steampunk look.  I printed out the paper sized at 8 x 10 and fit most of the gear pattern to the left bottom corner.  I wanted a gear at the top so I fussy cut from another part of the paper and adhered it to the top.  I then added the gorgeous feathers that were left over from a previous Gecko Galz kit.  They were already printed but I just hadn't used them.  When looking through my Gecko Galz scrap bits, I was thrilled when I found them.  I have a tendency to print more than I need at times, or perhaps I changed my mind and used something different.  Trust me, those scraps and bits, or leftover collage sheet images are never wasted, you will find a place for them.

Steampunk digital paper pack
Blue Birds of Happiness digital collage set
Free Birds digital craft kit (feather icons)
The Chipboard chain frame and chipboard gears are by Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts

Next up is an altered bottle.  I purchased the clear glass bottle at Hobby Lobby and the project was very simple.   I just covered the bottle with matte Mod Podge and ripped up hunks of tissue paper.  For more interest you can stamp on the tissue paper first.

 While the Mod Podge was still wet, I sprayed the bottle with inks sprays in shades of blue, a little copper and some gold.  I added some of the Gecko Galz Vintage Visions music paper which I printed on tissue paper.   To print onto tissue paper, I just run a glue stick over the top and bottom edge of a sheet of regular copy paper, then fit the tissue paper over that.  Trim the edges so it doesn't jam the printer and just hit print.  It's a great way to cover a wooden frame, or a glass bottle, or anything else.

When everything was dry I applied my image with more Mod Podge.  I then rubbed some gelatos in darker blue over some of the crinkles created by the tissue paper, and then rubbed the crinkled areas with gold Gilder's Paste.  I embellished with lace and flowers.  

The grapes began as purple plastic.  I sponged on white gesso followed by Folk Art acrylic paint in blue, then rubbed on some of the gold Gilder's Paste.  I colored seam binding with spray inks and wrapped it around the neck of the bottle.  I used 3 colors and dried each before applying the next color so it wouldn't end up looking muddy.  

Blue Birds of Happiness digital collage set
Vintage Visions digital paper pack

Thanks for looking!  Please visit the Gecko Galz blog to pick up your free digital stamp!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Forever Friends Layout

Hi Crafty Friends!   Today I'm sharing another layout to frame and hang on the memory wall for my Oliver.  In this photo he's snuggling on the sofa with my Chihuahua Toby.  It's painful to realize that what was once an ordinary scenario will never happen again.  I created this layout using Kaisercraft's Treasured Moments collection, so fitting for a favorite way to remember the relationship these two friends shared.  It won't be long before Toby joins his friend.  He is 19 years old, is deaf and nearly blind, and too arthritic to jump up on the couch anymore without assistance.  It amazes me just how fast the time goes.  I am entering this layout into the April sketch challenge on the Kaisercraft blog.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, April 1, 2016

It's Time for the April Challenge at Gecko Galz!

This month our challenge theme on the Gecko Galz blog is "Roses, Lace and Butterflies".  For my sample this month I chose to create a layout.  I plan to frame this page in a shadowbox behind glass to create a home decor shabby chic treasure for my bedroom wall.  This piece was created almost exclusively with Gecko Galz backgrounds and collage sheet images.  The 12 x 12 background sheet is a neutral paper from my stash that I stamped, inked, and stenciled on.  The paper layers surrounding the photo are all Gecko Galz as are the majority of the other images on the page. 

I hope I have inspired you to join in our monthly challenge on the Gecko Galz blog.  We are accepting entries from April 1st - April 30th.  There is only one rule.  You need to use at least ONE product from Gecko Galz.  It can be one of the free products, stamps, collage images, or digital background papers.  The winner will receive a $25 Gecko Galz shopping spree!  We look forward to seeing your creations.  Please stop by the blog to see what the rest of the team has done with the  "Roses, Lace and Butterflie"s theme for April.

Wild Roses paper pack
La Vie En Rose collage sheet
True Romance digital collage set
The pale pink rose at upper right is from G45 Botanical Tea
Prima "Love" Trinket
Pink velvet flowers by Petaloo
Pale pink flower by Recollections
Butterflies by Renea Bouquets