Monday, February 1, 2016

Gecko Galz February Customer Challenge

Good morning everyone!  It's February 1st and that means it's time for a new Gecko Galz Customer Challenge.  Since Valentine's Day is right around the corner, this month's theme is Hearts & Kisses.  Below is my contribution to the Challenge.



The background is created using a combination of Velvets and Sorbets from Art Anthology.  I use this journal to mop up all my excess paints when working on a project and in the process get some wonderful backgrounds.

First I stenciled three large hearts and six smaller onces using the Tim Holtz Hearts Stencil,  Next I cut out three images from the Jewel It Romance Collage Sheet and glued them to my page with my Xyron.  I cut up and applied some pearls appliques that I had in my stash and then randomly added black and white dots.  The images are outlined in pink and then again outlined in black to frame them.  "Love" is a wood die cut from Melissa Francis that I painted with Cotton Candy Velvet and then went over with a pink alcohol marker.  Finally, I decided that the white applique pieces were too light and I colored them with a pink alcohol maker.

You can find the collage sheet I used as well as many others in the Gecko Galz Etsy Store.

And that's it!  Have a wonderful February.

Until later....................



Marilyn

February New Releases - Technique Junkies Blog Hop

Good Morning Junkies!!  Hope your February is starting off great.  Have your been getting snow or just some cold weather (it's been rainy and chilly here).  In anticipation of February being a great month, the Technique Junkies team is hosting a blog hop to share all the new exciting February Releases with you.  So join us today as we hop into February and showcase all the new stamps  Don't forget to to visit each team members blog in order not to miss any of the fun.  If you  haven’t started at the beginning, please visit the Technique Junkie Designer Blog (http://techniquejunkies.blogspot.com) so you are sure to catch it all!

You've just seen Sally Lynns' project and I think you have to agree her work is out of this world!!  Her cards and other projects are wonderful.

Here is the hop participants in order:
I had some really fabulous stamps to work with and decided to created three projects!



This month, I tried my hand at making a card.  I simply stamped Hats Off on white cardstock using black Versifine ink, matted it on black cardstock, and then mounted it to my card.  I stamped "just a Note" from the Sentimental Sayings set at the bottom of the card.


For my first ATC, I sprayed the background with Art Anthology Barbie Colorations, then dripped Radiance and Enchanting Minx side to side, alternating the sides.  I stamped the movie camera and slide from the new Oh Snap Set of 7 onto mixed media paper and cut them out.  The camera was stamped using black Archival Ink and the slide was stamped using Studio 490 Orange Blossom ink.  I used a tiny image from I had and cut it to fit my slide.  I layered them with a couple of metal embellishments I had and then stamped the "Life moves pretty fast" sentiment from the Oh Snap Set of 7 directly onto the ATC.


For this ATC, I sprayed the background with Art Anthology Sandcastle and Avocado Colorations and then added little squares using sepia Archival Ink and the Blocked stencil.  I stamped the camera and "Oh Snap" from the Oh Snap Set of 7 directly onto the ATC with black Versifine ink.  I then sprinkled Take for Granite Prills across it.

Love the new February Releases?  Well, they are currently on sale for 15% off through February 8th!   Go to http://techniquejunkies.com/ click on February 2016 Releases.


Thanks for stopping by and leaving your thoughts in my comments section.  I truly love hearing what you have to say!  You are now ready for the next stop on our February Releases Hop --- Kathy Stacy!  Why don't you drop by her blog and see what she has in store for you!


Until later,


Marilyn

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Gecko Galz Design Team, All That Glitters, and a Free Digi Stamp

Good morning everyone!  The theme this month at Gecko Galz is All That Glitters, so I have a couple of projects for you that follow that theme, using some of their great images.  To top that off, I have a free digi stamp for you!


For the tag:
1)  Run the tag through a Xyron, lay it down on your paper from the High Society Paper Pack, and trim.
2)  Add a couple of Dresden starbursts and lay your image from the Golden Splendor Collage Sheet over them.
3)  Trim the edge with green and gold braid and run some black and gold fiber through the hole.


For this 5x7 canvas:
1)  Cover the canvas with black gesso and dry completely.
2)  Paint the right side with London Bus, Mermaid, and Captain Peacock paint from Paper Artsy.
3)  Rub in some Inka Gold.
4)  Trim down a piece of paper from the High Society Paper Pack and adhere it to the left side of your canvas.
4)  Paint the oval frame (from Melissa Francis) with the same colors as your background, and add a trimmed image from the Golden Splendor Collage Sheet.
5)  Stamp your sentiment and emboss with blue embossing powder.
6)  Paint two chipboard leaf stems with the same color paints as your background, rub with Inka Gold.
7)  I dug around in my stash and found a coordinating rose and a burlap butterfly.  Arrange everything and glue down.  You're done!

Now for what you have been waiting on.  Your free digi stamp, courtesy of Gecko Galz.
Until later.....................



Marilyn

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Together Journal Page for Technique Junkies

Good morning everyone!  I have fallen in love with Birds on a Fence from Technique Junkies.  It's been in my basket for a while, but I've just recently come to appreciate how versatile this stamp is.


I sprayed the background with Art Anthology Studio Blue and made sure it was good and dry.  I then dabbed a baby wipe across the page to lighten some areas and give the impression of clouds.  I then stamped Birds on a Fence across the bottom in black Versafine ink and them embossed with clear embossing powder.  Across the top, I stamped Together in black Versafine ink.  I then added a few butterflies from Little B.

This is headed out to New Mexico and I hope the recipient loves it as much as I do.

Until later......................


Marilyn

Friday, January 1, 2016

All that Glitters - Gecko Galz Customer Challenge for January

Good morning everyone!  This month's customer challenge over on the Gecko Galz blog is All That Glitters.  So, with that in mind, I created this journal page using lots of glittery goodness.


I started with a piece of paper from the Gecko Galz High Society Paper Pack.  I cut it to size and adhered it to my journal page and then brushed on Art Anthology Splashed Clear Coat for extra glitter.  Next, I cut out an image from the Gecko Galze Golden Splendor Collage Sheet and placed it to the right of center on my page.  Diamond wrap (can find in floral stores) was then run around the image and yellow rhinestones adhered at the corners.  I used Bo Bunney Gems in different colors to edge my page and finished up with Velvet Flowers from Petaloo.

Gecko Galz Etsy Store:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/geckogalz

Until later......................



Marilyn

January New Releases - Technique Junkies Blog Hop

Good Morning and Happy New Year, Junkies!!  Can you believe it's already January?  Where did 2015 go?  In anticipation of a great New Year and January, the Technique Junkies team is hosting a blog hop to share all the new exciting January Releases with you.  So join us today as we hop into January and showcase all the new stamps  Don't forget to to visit each team members blog in order not to miss any of the fun.  If you  haven’t started at the beginning, please visit the Technique Junkie Designer Blog (http://techniquejunkies.blogspot.com) so you are sure to catch it all!

You've just seen Pam DeChellis's project and isn't her she so amazing?!?!  She creates an outstanding selection of some of the most gorgeous cards you will ever see.

Here is the hop participants in order:
I had some really fabulous stamps to work with and decided to created two projects.  As most of you know, cards aren't my strength, so today I have an ATC and a Tag for your enjoyment.


For my Love ATC, I stamped Furever Friends with Versafine ink then using a brush and Art Anthology Sandcastle Colorations as a water color, I filled in the background.  I painted the girls hair with Art Anthology Lemon Tart Velvet, her skin with Portobello Velvet, and the white of her blouse and the dog's face with Cotton Velvet.  I then stamped Love in Versafine ink and added three small red mulberry roses below.


For my Let's Roll Tag, I first created the background using several colors of shimmer ink.  I set it aside to dry.  Next I stamped Let's Roll on a Bristol ATC and colored the truck with Art Anthology French Toast Colorations and the trees with Avocado and Grass Colorations.  I adhered this to my tag and then edged it with some dark green sparkly ribbon.  I stamped the sentiment "Let's Roll" onto a piece of paper that was sprayed with Valentine Colorations, cut it out, and glued it to the top of my tag, outlining it with a black pen.  Some green and orange fiber finish it off.

Love the new January Releases?  Well, they are currently on sale for 15% off through January 8th!   Go to http://techniquejunkies.com/ click on January 2016 Releases.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving your thoughts in my comments section.  I truly love hearing what you have to say!  You are now ready for the next stop on our November Releases Hop --- Kathy Stacy!  Why don't you drop by her blog and see what she has in store for you!


Until later,





Marilyn








Thursday, December 31, 2015

Love Journal Page for Art Anthology

Good evening everyone! The below is a project I created for Art Anthology and that posted on their blog yesterday.  We were given a them of "words of positive affirmation".  When I saw the “Where there is love, there is no darkness” sentiment on a stamp set, I knew that is what I wanted to work with this month.

True love does indeed chase away the darkness. Check out my Snapguide to see how I created this beautiful page, along with the list of supplies:  

Now that you have seen the process, here are a few closeups:





If you love Art Anthology products but have a tough time finding them at your local scrapbook store or on-line, go to www.artanthologyinc.com and click on Shop.  You can also find links to the blog, our entire line of products, Retailers, Facebook, and other points of interest.
I hope you enjoyed today’s journal page. It was uplifting to create.
Until later…………….


Marilyn