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

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Mermaid Treasure Box

For  the Gecko Galz Design team here is one of my projects  for July 2014 using the  Little Mermaid collage sheet. As you know mermaids are one of my fav themes, because when I was small I wanted to grow to be a mermaid. LOL.

To make this box I painted the box with different metallic paints the color of the sea. I hand stamped the under sea creatures and added gold stickers too. I fussy cut the mermaid images from the Little Mermaid July collage sheet. On the top I layered them with nets, sea shells, star fish, pearls, and tiny sea creature confetti. The center has a plaque that reads "Treasure".

Hope you've never grown up!
Take care my friends,
Gerri


Mermaid Treasure Box








Saturday, June 28, 2014

Cardinal Red Santos

Hello my friends. Somehow life keeps marching on and I don't get to post as much as I would like too. But, I do love to decorating  female figures, so today, here is a  Female Santos from Retro Cafe Art, of course she is red, my favorite color. (at the moment!)

I used a lot of Retro Cafe art products including the Santos, the collage sheet for her bodice, the sweet winged charms and the birdcage. I started by painting her red then applying her bodice from a collage sheet of sea creatures! The bird cage trapped under her skirt has a pretty red cardinal in it. The crown is mage up of gold Stickles, a red sequin and rhinestones. She has all sorts of gold trim, red feather wings, and red ribbon too. Hope you enjoy looking at her!
take care,
Gerri



"Cardinal Red Santos"






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