Monday, September 1, 2014

Gecko Galz Cross Promotion

Good morning everyone!

This month over at Gecko Galz we are doing our 
Cross Promotion with 

I don't know if I've ever been a Halloweeny kinda girl,
maybe when I was younger and wanted the candy!
That thrill ended somewhere along the line.
Maybe those it was those pesky teenage years that gave it the fizzle for me...
but lately 
(over the last couple of years)
I've really enjoyed making little things like these goodie bags!

Maybe it's the cute images I find at Gecko Galz
or maybe it's my cutie pie grandkids!
Quite possibly...
or most definitely...
 a combination of both!

Look at those images!

From Gecko Galz, 
I used the Coven paper pkg for the background paper
and the Haunted Ephemera collage sheet for 
the witchy jars, on the outside of my goodie bag 
the tag I have tucked inside the bag (you can see that below).

 From Rhonda's Originals,
The Moon bat & stars on the outside of the bag
the moon face on the tag.

I used a bit of black soot & vintage photo distress inks here and there,
diamond stickles to give the faces, stars and the borders some sparkle
and my trusty pop dots for layering my pieces.

The Halloween twine 
(Really Reasonable Ribbon)
was formed into a bow with my Bow-it-All.

The trim pieces are a couple of scraps from my stash.
Going to do my best this year to shrink that scrap stash!
Wish me luck!

Hope you all have a great September!
Happy Crafting!

Creative Blog Hop

Good morning everyone! 

I was invited to join this blog hop by Laurie
Laurie wrote a little bit about me on her blog so I hope you will hop over and take a look...
not only to see what she wrote about me but to find out more about her! 

I joined Laurie's Facebook challenge group last year.
You can find it HERE
One of the goals is to help you use up some of those old unused embellishments that we've all been hoarding.
Anything that helps us get rid of some of our hoard is a good thing, right?

Laurie is a very creative person...
beautiful layouts, tags, cards and a whole host of altered items...
Always a thing of beauty no matter what she's doing!


What am I working on?

I am on two design teams  

I took a bit of a break this summer to enjoy some extra time with my family and the sunshine
now I'm ready to get back to work!

Along with my DT projects I am also working on a couple of baby mini albums,
 for a couple of cute little girls who entered the world in the past few months!

And soon I'll be starting my Christmas cards....
we all know how fast that sneaks up on us every year!

What is my style?

Although I've tried to venture into another styles my projects always seem to end up 
mostly vintage and occasionally shabby chic!
Can't fight it!
I love it!

Why do I create what I do?

I started creating scrapbook pages to make up for the baby book I did not write up for my 3rd child.
That evolved into scrapbooking for all three kids, 
then my life and 
then as much of the family history as I could figure out.
From there I started making cards...
 found the crafty online community and life has not been the same...
scrapbook pages, cards, tags, atc's, mini albums
as well as
altered canvas's, boxes, bottles & everything else I can get my hands on!

Creating is an amazing thing!

It brings happiness to everyone!

What a joy it is to give a piece that you have created and see it bring a smile to someone else's heart! 

How does my creative process work?

I generally start with an idea,
whether it's a mini album or a card, etc...
then I'll look for some paper that will match the color scheme I want to work with.
From there I let the creative process fly!
I rarely have a plan because when I do, I usually fall off plan anyway! 
Creating comes easier to me when I don't over think it.

I find inspiration in other's work, on Pinterest, through blog hopping, antique shops, magazines or simply the next holiday!

here is where I am suppose to say something like...
"I want to introduce you to three people who inspire me"


I only have one such person to share with you.

It's not that I'm not inspired by anyone else....
I am!
I have quite a list of friends who inspire me
and with whom I've asked to join this hop!

It's more of a timing issue for everyone!

With summer quickly winding down,
 everyone is doing their best to squeeze as much outdoor/summer fun in that they can, before it is over...
vacations & families are still being enjoyed!

Others are busy scrambling around getting their kids ready for the new school year to begin
as well as
getting themselves back into working or crafting after the summer break!


as I said previously,
 I do have one person,
 who inspires me,
 to share with you and I'm sure she will inspire you too!

Her name is
 Heather Hudson
(Best OnLine Buddy)

Heather's inspiration is all over the place!
The crafty pieces she creates
 (cards, tags, atc's or altered items... just to name a few)
are always a joy to see!
She has a beautiful, creative eye, for putting things in the right places!
I love the way she layers her pieces!

She's also a wiz with digital creations!
She can take a couple simple images, put them together and make one beautiful image!
She amazes me with how brilliantly she can put two,
 or more,
images together!
She taught me how to do image manipulation but I don't think I'll ever have the eye she has!

And that's not the end of her creativity...
she can paint too!
I absolutely LOVE her roses!

When you hop over to her blog...

and I really hope you do.....

I really think you should.....

check out her blog background...

she designed that too!
She changes it from time to time,
for the different holidays or seasons!

There's no end to her creativity!

Heather has been my BOLB for several years now...
she not only shares her creativity with me but also her time, laughter & friendship!

To see Heather's work, on her blog, go HERE.
To see her etsy store,
where she shares her wonderful digital creations with everyone, go HERE
She also has a great collection of video she shares HERE


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Altered Paint Brush

Good afternoon everyone!

Hope you all are enjoying a wonderful summer!

I haven't done much creating this summer but I am slowly trying to ease my way back into it.

A card here,
a tag there...

Today I want to show you a first for me,
I altered a paint brush!

I've painted quite a few walls in my time but never a paint brush! 

Here it is.....

Not being one who plans out her projects I decided that I would with this one...

so pulled out a couple of wooden diecuts...

a house, a tree and the letters to spell HOME.

Do you see them? 



Oops, here they are...
 laying here on my desk!

So much for having a plan!


I gesso'd the brush, 
added a crackle look with texture paint and a stencil,
sprayed it all over with several different sprays,
then after a few different lace placements, 
embellishment placements, 
flower placements
and the elimination of the original idea...
I finally finished my piece!

Here are a couple of close ups.....

The flowers I used are from Prima.
I tucked a few pieces of bead trim in here and there between them.

The brown gem spray coming out of the bottom of the flowers is one that I've had for a while.
I've tried to add it to a few other projects and it never quite fit in...must have been waiting for this!
What do you think?

I used my bow-it-all to make the bow using a piece of lace and a piece of seam binding.

The dangling gems I've had for ages!
I think they worked quite nicely here!

Below is another look at the finished piece!

I'm entering this in the
Moore Art from the Heart - Altered Paint Brush challenge HERE

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Gecko Galz Cross Promotion

Good morning everyone!

We, on the DT, at Gecko Galz were given the challenge to use 
Gecko Galz and Itkupilli products
to show you how well Gecko Galz products play with others.

This is the card I chose to make.....

I started with a couple pieces of brown cardstock for matting my patterned papers.
The floral paper is from Gecko Galz Mori Girl paper pkg.
Also from Gecko Galz.....
the little girl and butterfly are part of the La Vie En Rose collage sheet.

The background paper that I put the cute little girl on is from Itkupilli.
I love the "stage" look of this paper.
I added a bit of stickles to highlight the corners of the stage.

I added some sticky back lace trim to the top.
I spread some stickles on the butterfly and put that on top.

The sentiment was stamped onto a diecut I cut with my Cameo.


I this challenge may have been for the DT to create,
but you can be the winner!

that's right! 
YOU can be the winner!

Just hop over HERE to check out all of the DT's creations 
and send in your vote (before Aug 30th) for your favorite and you could be the winner of all of Septembers products from Gecko Galz and the Itkupilli prize package.
And that's not all! 
Just for sending in your vote you will receive a free mini stamp set from Gecko Galz.

Good luck everyone!

Have a great weekend!