Monday, September 15, 2014

A True Friend is the best Possession

Hello everyone....Though I may not write or speak to all of you on a regular basis, I do count you all as true friends! With you in mind, I created this  pink and feathery ATC using beautiful Retro Cafe Art Products. It was the pretty pink feather that started my creation and the rest just flew into place.

Here's to friendship.
Do take care,
Gerri

"A true friend is the best possession"- close up

Full size

Fine Details


To make this ATC I used the bird  ATC frame template,  chipboard birds nest and the two collage sheets  for the background and the pretty lady. It was painted, stickler and tiny blue  rub ons were used too. The hand cut sentiment, tiny eggs  and the pink feather were the final detail.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Halloween with the Gecko Galz

As you may know, Halloween is my favorite holiday. It's when I met my hubbie, so it is a special time. Today for the September Gecko Galz design team  projects, I am showing three different pieces. Go on over to their website and check out their fabulous collage sheets and activities. 

There is a 3 dimensional Halloween decoration using RHONDAS ORIGINALS images  who is doing a cross promotion with Gecko Galz. I am also showing 2 cards using Gecko Galz images. I even did a day of the day  card. Just wondering who I will send it too? Ive included the directions under the photos.

Hope you have a boo-tiful week.
Take care, Gerri


3 D Halloween decoration


Day of the Dead Card


"Boo" Vintage Halloween card




To make the vintage Halloween card I started with 2 images from the Haunted Ladies sheet. I layered them on green paper. This was layered on orange paper that was stenciled with a Retro Cafe Art spider web. All this was put on a blank black card. The black German scrap trim and the tiny Halloween masks are also from Retro Cafe Art.
The piece is accented with the word "Boo" and glitter Stickles

To Make the Day of the Dead card I surrounded the day of the dead image with paper flowers with rhinestone centers. It was layered on patterned and solid papers.
The orange German scrap  and the Day of the Dead flags were from Retro Cafe Art. The entire piece is accents with glitter Stickles.

To make  3 D Halloween decoration, I cut out the female witch, wings, bat, spider web and picnic basket. It was accented with Stickles and water color paint.
I layered her on a piece of black fiber with a blood red ribbon to hang her.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Floral Garden Hook

Heres a floral key hook that I made for Retro Cafe Art. These are real pressed flowers. When we were in New Jersey we had a huge English Cottage Garden, that I miss. Here in the south Gardening is different because of the heat. We are working on it but now we have mainly flowering shrubs like camellias and gardenias. This fall we plan on adding more plants when the weather cools down.

To make this heart shaped key hook. I covered the hook with green pressed leaves and edged it with lace.The winged image was an angel with the pretty Fairy head victorain cut out . Pressed flowers and leaves were layered on top. A tiny Stickles necklace was added for a touch of shine.

Hope you will enjoy some beautiful flowers or gardens this week.
Artfully yours, Gerri






Saturday, August 23, 2014

A crazy combination of Clowns, Geishas and Vintage Women


Hello Friends,
Here are my Gecko Galz August Design Team projects with three very different themes. One is of clowns ,geishas and vintage women ....how different is that! Have you ever thought of what drives us to create and how we pick our themes. I do, but I never seem to have an answer. LOL.
To create these three projects:

This fun ATC used the August collage sheet Clowning Around for the 2 clown friend images. The perforated ATC frame is from Retro Cafe Art and was painted red, yellow and blue and filled with Stickles with a  patterned background. The  sparkly red fringe edge  and blue confetti are the  accents. The hand cut sentiment reads "It is better, given the choice, to have friends."
This shrine project started with the lovely geisha image from the August Japanese Traditions collage sheet. It was added to a chipboard shrine that was painted black. The center of the shrine was dipped with gold paint and  the Japanese image was added. The shrine sides had red and gold paper added. The accents include red fans with tassels, coins, beads and Gold Stickles. The hand cut sentiment reads "She is more precious than rubies."

This collage started with the  ornate frame image from the cross promotional Itkupilla Primavera that was cut out. I than fussy cut the female image and the rose heart image  which was used  as her bodice. Accents include pink and white rose ribbon, organza flowers, green sequin leaves, pink ribbon rose buds and a pink bow. The entire piece was watercolored and Stickled for added dimension. The handout sentiment read "the memory of flowers of love."

Hope your week is filled with creating new and varied projects.
Take care, Gerri
It is better given the choice to have friends


She is more precious than rubies


The memories of flowers and love



Friday, August 8, 2014

Mermaid Garland

Here's a piece for Retro Cafe Art on my favorite theme, besides Paris, that being mermaids. This sleeping mermaid garland is about 4 feet long and hangs in my art room. I had fun imagining how all my supplies related to her. The  pretty mermaid figure is from Retro Cafe Art and was my starting point. The mirror cutout  actually has a mirror reflective surface in it to see yourself! With pale sequins to represent bubbles, hand stamped  paper hearts,  mirror charms to be her looking glass and of course , shell charms my piece was complete.

Hope you will get to dive into the sea and explore this week.
take care, Gerri


"Pleasant dreams, tomorrow is soon enough."


Mermaid Garland



Saturday, July 19, 2014

Mermaids and Mermen Royalty

For a Retro Cafe Art Swap keeping with my mermaid obsession this month.  I used the Retro Cafe Art chipboard merpeople dolls. I decided to imagine  merpeople royalty! I made two sets , with a Queen mermaid and a King  merman. One was green and the other blue. I had so much fun creating their seashell clothing, accessories, scepters and fishnet background. The favorite part is the fish scale stamped texture that I even put on their skin!

Hope you will enjoy a sea adventure this summer.
Take care,
Gerri
























Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Purple Little Mermaid Pin


 Continuing with this month's theme, here is another  mermaid project for Gecko Galz's  July2014,  design team. It's a little mermaid pin using the Gecko Galz Mermaid Jewel sheet. If you check out their site , you will see there is so much to see, share and do.

To make this I started with a pin blank that I put the mermaid image from the Little Mermaid Jewel inside.  It was just the right size! It was covered with glossy accents, Sea shells, pearl beads and purple Stickles  which were glued on the side. A pearl and some gold shell charms dangle from the bottom. Touches of purple stickles around the edge completed this sea side pin.

Hope you will see the sea this week.
Take care, Gerri


Mermaid Pin

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