Sunday, April 8, 2018

Garden Time with Gecko Galz

Hello! Welcome to my studio.

Here are a couple of cards I made for this month's Gecko Galz Customer Challenge. The other card is in the previous post.

This first card I simply adore. The little girl image from the Garden Time digital collage set is irresistible. A bit of Stickles in silver adorns her hat, gloves and shoes. I paired her with a seed packet image from Pretty Seed Packs, to which I added a few Glossy Accent puddles. I also distressed the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink by Ranger.

The background is from the Kensington Gardens ATC set. I dirtied it up with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. I used some old CTMH cardstock to create the card base. What I like about their cardstock is the white core. I don't know if they still make it that way, but this is "vintage cardstock," as it is about 18 years old!

The sentiment is from the Charming Words set...lots of perfect words for any mood. 

The vines were cut with a die set called, "Trailing Ivy" by Creative Expressions. I added some Distress Oxide Ink and Glossy accent drops to provide some real life texture and color. 

I hope you enjoy using these images as much as I do.  I am an artist, and illustrate stamps, paint and draw. I also enjoy making cards, junk journals and collage. Gecko Galz is my go to place for all things gorgeous, unusual and vintage. Be sure to visit the Etsy Shop.  Every Wednesday there are Dollar deals!


I am entering this card in the following challenge...
Hiding in my Craft Room # 339 4/17


Have fun,


Saturday, April 7, 2018

In the Garden with Gecko Galz


Hello! Welcome to my studio.

Here are a couple of cards I made for this month's Gecko Galz Customer Challenge. The other card is in the next post.

This second card reminds me of my best friend. She loves plants. This gardener image from the How Does Your Garden Grow? digital collage set, sets the mood. A bit of Stickles adorns the flowers. I also included a butterfly from the same set. The love letters image from the Postal set, is accented with more Stickles. I also distressed all the edges of the elements with Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink by Ranger.

A little tag from, Tag You're It and some melted ribbon from my stash dress up the corner of this card.

The background is from the Kensington Gardens ATC set. I dirtied it up with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. Some strategically folded patterned paper creates a sort of, clapboard siding, reminiscent of a house where this woman lives and tends her garden.

The sentiment is from the Charming Words set...lots of perfect words for any mood. 

The vines were cut with a die set called, "Trailing Ivy" by Creative Expressions. I added some Distress Oxide Ink to provide some real life color. 

I hope you enjoy using these images as much as I do.  I am an artist, and illustrate stamps, paint and draw. I also enjoy making cards, junk journals and collage. Gecko Galz is my go to place for all things gorgeous, unusual and vintage. Be sure to visit the Etsy Shop.  Every Wednesday there are Dollar deals!

Challenge entered with this card:
Hiding in My Craft Room #339

Have fun,

Thursday, March 8, 2018

I Love Spring with Gecko Galz

This is one of two cards I made for this month's Gecko Galz Customer Challenge. The other one can be found in the next post.

I have been having fun with the Artsy Domino Digital Collage Sheet by Gecko Galz. So much variety and COLOR!

I also used a butterfly from Butterfly Dreams. I coated it with Glossy Accents, and attached it with the same. I used one of the Tim Holtz Alterations Die sets that I got for Christmas. I ran a piece I printed on cardstock from the Playing with Marbles ATC Collection. Behind the cutouts, I used some Marabu Mixed Media Art Spray in Cherry Red. It's an acrylic spray paint and it's so cool!

The Postmark is from the Birdie Darlings Set. I simply cut it out of one of the images. I used some Stickles to create the cancellation lines. 

Finally, I used the Charming Words set for my sentiment. 

I hope you enjoy using these images as much as I do.  I am an artist, and illustrate stamps, paint and draw. However, I enjoy making cards, junk journals and collage. Gecko Galz is my go to place for all things gorgeous, unusual and vintage. Be sure to visit the Etsy Shop. Right now Easter stuff is on sale, and every Wednesday there are Dollar deals!

Have fun,




Paris Birds in the Spring


This is one of two I made for this month's Gecko Galz Customer Challenge.  The other one follows in the last post.

I used the following Gecko Galz products. I just LOVE these vintage images!
Butterfly Dreams Collage Set

Join The Gecko Galz Paper crafting Challenge Group for some really awesome fun. 

Visit the Gecko Galz Etsy shop, especially on One Dollar Wednesdays and now for Easter deals.

That's all for now...happy shopping and vintage crafting!


Thursday, February 8, 2018

Putting on the Artsy Green with Gecko Galz

I am not Irish. 

No matter, I had so much fun with the theme for our Customer Challenge this month. 

Gecko Galz has some really cool images and papers. I decided to play with anything green, and came up with this card.

For Christmas my dear husband gave me some dies. Being frugal, I look for bargains. I am not so worried about having the newest, but rather the deals. Got a cool Thinlits set by Tim Holtz for Sizzix on Amazon.

I love brads, and vellum, so included them both on this card. Had them in my stash.

Also, I STILL have some "vintage" CTMH cardstock with the white core. Love to distress it. I believe the color is Olive.

Glittery mist is another fave...and I will, I will, I WILL make some using old reinkers I have...really easy according to YouTube videos I have watched. Remember, I am a repurposer!

So here we go...Gecko Galz products listed here:


https://www.etsy.com/listing/549163520/playing-with-marbles-atc-collection?ga_search_query=playing+with+marbles&ref=shop_items_search_1




I have entered this card in the following challenges

Through The Purple Haze Challenge #141
Everybody Art Challenge 418
Crafty Cardmakers Get Inky and Messy
Path of Positivity Challenge 56

Be sure to visit the Gecko Galz Etsy shop...then think outside of the box.
Green is for more than Irish!

Stay well and keep creating,

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Mable's Rose Revisited

Several years ago we stayed in Sarasota for five days.

On one of those days,while my husband played golf, he dropped me off at The Ringling.

I had the whole day to myself. 

To stroll at my own pace, and do whatever I chose was so liberating. I took my time, and lots of pictures.

There was so much to see!

Although the Art Museum was not to my liking, I was totally in love with the colors and textures used in the house. 





The surroundings...Banyan trees, gardens and water seemed magical somehow.








One of my favorite spots was Mable Ringling's rose garden. 



My visit was back in the time of Zentangle coming of age. Let me make a side note here, that I was always taught in art class not to copy the art of another...to be original. To draw from life. Since I loved the idea of tangles, I did what I called, ZIA: Zentangle Inspired Art. I don't think I coined the name, but it just made sense to me. I added little curls, a bit of textured line, and loved how it turned out.







 I actually decided to use one of my drawings as my logo. (see my title bar, above)


Florida offers so many beautiful locations from which to gather inspiration and photos. 
Coloring is another of my passions. I guarantee you will see more of it!
Stay creative,



Monday, January 8, 2018

A Love for the Past

"Thoughts of Love" featuring Gecko Galz 

Gecko Galz Products I used in the above card:

Hello and welcome to my studio.

It's a fresh new year!  We all have a clean slate...a chance to start again. 

In my life, and here on my blog, I have found the need to spend the next year being as purposeful as possible.

As I pondered this idea, I came up with some questions for myself. Here they are:

"What am I passionate about?"
"How have I been gifted?"
"What can I share that my family, my friends, and my followers need?"

After giving these matters some thought,  I concluded the following...First, I am passionate about the past. I am drawn to historical fact and fiction. Stories of times past draw me in...causing me to explore further. Historical sites intrigue me. I realized that I also enjoy saving and repurposing items from the past...making them useful once more, if only as d├ęcor in my home.

Secondly, I am an artist. I have been told I have an innate sense of design. I am thankful for several wonderful teachers in my younger years, who have helped hone my gift. 

These two facts bring me to the final conclusion that I can share my designs and art with those who might share a love for the beauty of our past, or who are just discovering how history is reflected in our own lives. 

So here we go! My year will be focused on using historical references to create not only art, but repurposed items which have a history of their own. I will endeavor to give them new life, new purpose. 

This excites me!  My work will not be all that different from years past, but will definitely be redefined and more purposeful. I have been self-directed toward a definite purpose. 

Items I repurposed on the above card
Aluminum drink cans (flowers)
Necklace (flower centers)
Doily

If you find that you are also looking for a directed purpose, I hope you will take a few moments to ponder the questions, 

1. What is my passion?
2. What is my talent?
3. What can I share that others can use?

Let me know what you come up with!

I hope you enjoy what you experience here this year.

Cheers to 2018!