Sunday, January 30, 2011

Bingo!.... for Love

I'm still in a valentine kinda mood so this weeks challenges of course revolve around love, one of my favorite story subjects. The first  is for  darling Linda at Studio L3 "the Compendium of Curiousity: Challenge CCC#29. The technique was called weathered wood  grunge on page 50. I did not have a wood  plate so I used "Bingo instead. The creation turned out all pink, shinny, pearly  and frilly with some nice vintage coffee color  to keep it in check. The title" Bingo...there's no one like you, love of my life." just like me and my husband! LOL.

The second piece is "Bingo...Good Luck to the Happy Couple" in coffee and cream for the  wonderful Gingersnap Creations  Group GC#88 . I just love the way copper speaks to the coffee and cream color combination. There's some vintage lace, some bling and a Lucky couple. Both  fantastic vintage images are  from ArtchixsStudio. Well , that's my bingo love to you  all this post. Kiss, kiss.

"There's no one like you, love of my life."

"Good Luck to the Happy Couple."

Winter Skies

With all this snow  here in the wilds of New Jersey , this sweet little tag of cool crystal colors of  snow white, crystal blue and sparkling silver,  just fit  my mood. I am entering it in The Shabby Tea Room  "Winter Wonderland" Week #46 challenge. There was a glorious photo of a tree  incrusted  with snow with a crystal blue background that they asked us to use as inspiration. My other inspiration was just looking out my to backyard so, I've  included  photos of  last week's snow too.
Guess what ... more  snow is on the way this week. Oh My!

"Stars in the magic skies, andel of love."

"Patio, those are our chairs!"

"Side yard with pine trees touching the ground."

"Our little garden shed."


Saturday, January 29, 2011

Then so be it.

Artchix Studio's Helga  has a delightful challenge to use their cardboard "eco shapes" in a project. I was going to create 3 separate pieces when low and behold, I discovered that the different shapes fit together!  I'll show you the each piece and the large  assembled piece also. When looking at the assembled piece, depending on which way you read, it  can tell a different story. Now each collage stands on its own, but together they tell wonderful  changing stories.  

"And I was afraid to allow ourselves to dream."

"But you are the most important woman on the planet."

"She took a deep breath, then so be it."

The entire circular  story.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

If you wish

A vintage story popped into my head about the romance of love. I created this card  to represent this with three vingettes, the first about bringing flowers, the second about dancing in Paris, (of course) and the third  about commitment and never leaving thy side. All this is on a card with ribbon, brads, butterflies, three different paper, one of which is musical notes, (my favorite) and the sparkle of rhinestones. A very detailed composition, but I think it works.

There are three challenges this fits, I've never submitted  to them before. I'm willing to give them a try based on my current successes at Gingersnaps creation and now the All Things Tim  yahoo group. It was CCC#28 challenge that I was honored to win from this group (see my post called Fragments.) This card fills  "the beauty of vintage" #BBB06 at Flourishes , "heart" Challenge 16 at the Really Reasonable Ribbon and Recipe#21 challenge hosted by 4cradftychicks . Here goes... there's no turning back now!

If you wish...I'll bring thee flowers, I'll dance with thee and I'll never leave thy side.

Only Black and White

Sometimes it's fun to switch it up and not use much color. The two cards below are basically black and white, but for one.... I did sneak in a little pink. The first is for a Gingersnaps "Ginspiration" Challenge (GCSP#6) based on a black and white garment shown to us for inspiration. The second  card challenge was titled  "Hot Beverage" (GC#85) . Don't you just want to curl up with a big cup of chocolat in a pretty teacup, right now?  I know with our current freezing weather and  snow, I certainly do!
"Fly , meant to be."

"Warm all over."

Saturday, January 22, 2011


Here are some creations for the Compendium of Curiosities challenge  CCC#28 using Tim Holtz's plastic fragment tiles at Studio L3. I made two different projects this week. One is a  set of necklaces and the second a vintage inspired card.  I must have stamped 30 or more of these little tiles, it was addictive! Will have to work on more creations with fragments in the very near future. To work on the card I got out my heart punch, which then sent me down the road to start making Valentine's Day cards. Since vintage images whisper to me, they just love when its Valentine's Day  to tell their stories of romance, mystery and love. I will share my valentines with you when they are all done. 
Artfully yours, Gerri

Three Vintage Beauties

"How do you know so much about me?"

Friday, January 21, 2011

Delightful Surprise

This week I was delightfully surprised by two artistic developments. The first was that I was contacted by Gingersnaps Creations to be a visiting artist on their site for the month of March. This is a brand new group that I have joined and just love them. I cant wait, I am giddy with anticipation.  I  will keep you up todate with what this all means , when I find out! LOL.

The second thing was that I received a copy of The Stampers' Sampler and two (yes, two ) of my cards were published.  They are both below with my submissions and the actual pages in the magazine. The first one  is "Queen for a Day" using a challenge template of a baby onesie. The second is a red book shaped card that I created myself. You can see that the original submission had a bookmark too. The final picture is the cover of the magazine these cards are published in.

With all this excitment, It's been a great week.


Cover of Magazine I am published in The Stampers' Sampler Feb/March 2011

Monday, January 17, 2011

The first snowfall of candy kisses

Been having so much fun with my new Gingersnaps Creation Group. The challenge was to use the specific colors of snow,pine and mahogany. (GC#84) I had this antique portrait of this little girl all wrapped up in a fur coat and just had to copy  and use it. I stamped and embossed the pine tree and added 3d snow crystal and bingo chips. The final steps were adding the words and the german scrap border dotted with snow. Hope you enjoy this bundle of cuteness.
Special Delivery! The first snowfall of candy kisses.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Masking Technique

Trying something totally new this week for inspiration. I am using  a challenge (CCC#27) from Studio L3 blog as my  starting point. CCC stands for  Compendium of Curiosities Challenge  based on Tim Holtz's technique book called  "A Compendium of Curiosities". I am a big fan of his work and products. And Yes, I do have an autographed copy of this book. This is CCC #27 Distress Misting Masking from page 60, basically you spray Distress inks over masks (like stencils). Had alot of fun and made a big mess. LOL.  Here are my creations, two tags and a card.  Enjoy.

Perfect moments, never be forgotten.

My world adventure, it suits me well.

I thought of you. Love's golden memories.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Goodbye 2010 Calendar

For Artchixstudio there was a challenge to reuse your 2010 calendar for something to be used in 2011. I was able to create 3 separate projects from my Audubon "The Birds of America "2010 calendar. The projects included a collage, some gift tags (that I can embellish later) and a 2011 art journal. The journal is my all time favorite . To make the journal, all I did was cut the calendar picture pages down, glue them together , punch holes and add a cover. I will just write over these pictures and maybe overglue any photos I want to save for inspiration. My cover reads "Bird Brain ideas of 2011"...I'm sure I will put it to good use this year with all my crazy ideas!
How are you, dah-ling?
Delightful, we make art together.

Tags made from the preview on the back of the calendar.

2011 Art Journal "Bird Brain" Cover Close Up

Interior pages of journal using the calendar pictures as pages.

Another view of the 2011 Journal

Friday, January 7, 2011

Its snowing....again.

Yes, its snowing again, so thought I 'd take the time to create this Polar bear card for the polar animal  Gingersnap Creation GC83. I think I will have to put away my snowflake embellishments soon, so this could be my last winter themed creation. Now if only the real snow will cooperate too!
"On a cold winter's night, dashing thro' the snow."

Sunday, January 2, 2011

I Give Thanks for Snow Angels

Hope you are having a beautiful New Year holiday. This time of year makes me think of snow angels, so when a white glitter challenge for Gingersnaps creation (GC #82) came up, I just knew what I would do. Here's a  snow angel on a vintage white button card image from France from Artchix studio trimmed with punched snow flakes and lots of white glitter. I also used , shiny blue paper, silver ink and snowflake confetti. The quote reads "I give thanks for a small white angel."

Here's wishing everyone a new year filled with love, good health, prosperity and lots of artful creations.
"I give thanks for a small white angel."

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