Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas to All

                             Wishing you a Merry  and Happy Christmas to all my friends.
                             Here's a pop up card using all sorts of Retro Cafe Art supplies.
                                                                 Take care, Gerri

Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Wish Cutie Pie

Here's wishing everyone a Merry Christmas Eve. Hope you are spending it with friends and family. We are lucky to have our daughter home from college and it is wonderful. She's our little cutie. Here's a little cutie to spend your day with.

So to make this I started with the  music sheet from the  Gecko Galz paper pack and cut it into a tag shape. The next part was to cut out the little Christmas cutie from the  Gecko Galz old fashioned Christmas sheet and glue her to a tiny watercolored song music sheet from the same sheet. Some red cut honey comb paper from Retro cafe art  was used to make her dress . The Christmas cutie was detailed with Stickles and a white Pom Pom. Additional accents were the red clip, string of lights from Retro cafe art , the christmas wish sentiment and the string  of white snow ball Pom poms. The big red plaid bow was the finishing touch. 
Hope you will spend time with a little cutie this week.

take care, gerri


Saturday, December 22, 2012

Mason Jar Cozy Cottage

Here's a sweet little pink card for Christmas. I loved the 100 proof press mason jar stamp and used it before on a Christmas ornament this year. I think it can frame anything. .... right now I 'm having it contain a little cozy Christmas scene.

I started by stamping the mason jar on a Retro Cafe Art Christmas Pink by Cassandra VanCuren ATC collage  sheet image. It was layered on a tan glassine scrap of paper and a bits of antique lace. It is framed by three wooden snowflakes that I painted cream  added pink roses and touches of copper glitter. The pink printed card has tiny drawn stitches around the edge too.

Hope you will see a cozy scene this week.
Sincerely, gerri

"Mason Jar contains a Cozy Cabin"

"Mason Jar details"

Friday, December 21, 2012

Pink White and Black Trees

Seems to be a pink Christmas  for me this year! I did alot of projects in pink this season. I wonder why?I'm just loving this pink, black paper which was the inspiration.

To make this I started with the patterned paper and added some fiber snowflakes that I painted pink and added Pink Stickles. Some cute Retro Cafe Art pine tree cut outs came next. One is painted pink, one black and one is Pink Stickles. Some fiber accents and they were on their way!

Hope you are in the pink this week!
take care, gerri

Pretty Christmas Trees

Tree Details

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

May Your Days be Merry and Bright Together

Not all my Christmas cards are even cards, sometimes I send tags. I find my friends put them on their Christmas trees  as ornaments. This Pastel Christmas tag for  Retro Cafe Art is  one of my favorite this year of the  60 cards/tags and even some ornaments that I created.

I had this vellem pastel paper for many years but could never use it. When I saw the pretty friends Retro Cafe Art image I knew they belonged together. The image is from the Let it Snow by Cassandra Van Curen collage sheet. I added a pink foil accent with some ombre ribbon and a Stickled RCA Star. The star is from the RCA  Star mix cutouts.The pearl accents, ribbon tie and watercolored accents came last. Now my favorite paper had a beautiful pair of friends to join it.

Hope your week is merry and bright!
Always, gerri
"May your days be merry and bright"

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Golden Jeweled Christmas Tag

Sometimes I don't send cards, I send ornaments instead. Here is one for a special friend, I created this year. This will be a special Christmas cause we are finally moving into our new home. You could say it's our finest creation. Our builder has been wonderful  with superb craftsmanship and we just adore our selections. I'll post some pictures soon.... maybe for Christmas.

To make this metal tag I painted it gold and white and then stamped the 100 proof Press Big Black Christmas tree. I used Stickles to create the green branches, red ornaments, gold garland, gold candle lights. There are some blue rhinestones and a gold star on top. Under the tree are Retro Cafe Art presents.

Hope you have a golden week.
take care, gerri

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Wings take Flight Above

Oh, I do so love to  make tiny stuff art work. Why that is I really don't really know. My husband makes miniature art too! Today my project is a little ornament with a tiny hook, I included a second picture with a penny for scale. LOL.

I painted a square of chipboard gold and added the sweet angel  Retro Cafe Art image from the Assorted Christmas Sheet by Debrina Pratt collage sheet. I used gold Stickles for some glitter accents. Tiny stars where put in the corners and some gold trimmed sheer lace edged the piece. A tiny hook and the sentiment "Wings take flight above" finished this little beauty.

Hope you will discover something tiny this week.
artfully yours, gerri

"Wings take flight above"

Friday, December 14, 2012

Please bring the Presents

Here's one of my Gecko Galz  Christmas cards that I've sent out this week. I  do so adore their images...oh so many to choose from! But wait  Gecko Galz give gifts too..... when you subscribe to the newsletter they send a free sheet each month! They have a yahoo group too, so there's lots of contests, inspiration and fun!

 Well to make this card I started with a vintage couple image from Gecko Galz Christmas Chic sheet and a 1907 Music sheet image from the Gecko Galz Alter me Sheet. The were layered on Grandma House Papers. This was trimmed with gold fiber, red rhinestones and Gold Stickles accents. It was layered on a red and tan printed card blank. The final touch was some gold paint for depth.

Hope you enjoy some presents of all kinds this week.
take care, gerri

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Copper Christmas Trees

I like using unusual color combination and this Christmas card is one of them. Copper and green work wonderfully together. Don't you think. Do like to try new things?

I started with a Gecko Galz image from  the Postage Card Memories collage sheet that was layered on ivory patterned paper paper with some brown grosgrain ribbon trim. Some coppery glitter sprigs and some antique brass copper colored  tree charms  from Retro Cafe Art were added for dimension.The entire thing was layered on wood patterned glitter paper. Tiny Dimensional pearl accents in copper accent complete this card.

Hope you will try something new this week.
Yours Truly, gerri

"Snow man Christmas"

"Copper details"

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Pretty Pink Ornament Winner

We are in the process of moving into our new home after a year of living in our little cottage. Finally I will be able to see all our stuff especially my art supplies that has been stored in boxes for all that time.  Ill share you more about our new home with my art studio in future post. But opening all the boxes will be fun and I will feel like a "Winner" , speaking of winning today I am announcing the winner of last weeks  Retro Cafe Art  $25.00 giveaway. Look below my RCA ornament project today to see if it is YOU?

 I' m sharing some Retro Cafe Art ornaments I made and will sending as Christmas greetings to several special people. RCA has such amazing  and cute supplies no matter what time of year!

To make these little beauties, I started with the Cassandra Van Curen Christmas ATC collage shape and sandwiched the images between the RCA chipboard ornaments. The ornaments were painted pinks, over stamped with a snow flake stamp and then pink Dimensional pearl was used for the accents. On the images I also added some Pink Stickles for a little shine. An ombre pink and aqua ribbon finished these ornaments now all you need is to add the hook for the tree.

Hope you will share your art gifts this week with someone special.
Take care, gerri

"Pretty Pink Ornaments"

The Retro Cafe Art winner  is "Jeanie". Please email  retrocafeart@gmail.com for your gift certificate.


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Christmas Circus Retro Cafe Art Giveaway

And now for something completely different....Let's go to a Christmas Circus!

I made this fun project  to celebrate my very first giveaway sponsored by Retro Cafe Art..... so how do you win the $25 Gift Certificate to Retro Cafe Art Gallery? Well, it's easy. Go to the Retro Cafe Art Gallery Facebook page, like it, and let her know Gerri sent you! Then just leave a comment here on my blog telling me that you did that and what your favorite thing from the Retro Cafe Art Gallery store is!

The giveaway will remain open  for a week through Monday,  December 10. The winner will be announced on my blog on Tuesday December 11th and you will have 48 hours to claim the prize. After 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn. This giveaway is open worldwide, as it is a gift certificate with a set amount. 

So using  the Retro Cafe Art Circus Shrine Stage I created a fantasy winter wonderland by painting it red and gold and adding Red and Green Stickles. The background is some gold and red fiber ribbon and the ground is ivory cotton batting with glitter snow.

I adore Retro Cafe Arts cut outs, it makes creating so quick, no fussy cutting needed. These Retro Cafe Art Circus Cut outs  were detailed with Christmas colors and Stickles accents too. I cut the clowns legs so he could ride on the zebra or the elephant. I put them on the  Theater character stands which makes them stand up! I will be adding new characters as time goes by and will show  them to you.

Here's all the characters, props and the stage..... I love the giant snowball  the elephant is standing on. LOL. I added reindeer antlers to the zebra!

These are details on the cute bottle brush trees that I used for the props. I topped them with tiny stars from the Star Mix Cutouts and put them on red pointy sequin bases.

Here's the completed  Christmas Project. I think I'll have fun moving my little characters around during the holidays!

This last shot is just a close up so you can see my silly clown!

I receive free product from Retro Cafe Art Gallery, as I design for the store, however, I was not given any financial compensation for this post and all opinions are my definitely my own.
Take care, Gerri

Thursday, November 29, 2012

May your Days be Merry and Bright

I love Bingo cards, no matter  what the theme. Todays card has a Christmas one! When I was a teen I used to go play Bingo at the church with my mom. It was fun, we would talk and laugh and some times we even won!

Here's a little Christmas Card I made using some Gecko Galz collage sheets. The Christmas Bingo card and the little vintage Santa girl image are just so cute. The gold arched frame is from Retro Cafe Art. I added some black and gold tinsel and layered it on an embossed frame. Some black ink and gold Stickles accented the embossed frame. A tiny bit of green and red Stickles were added to. The hand cut sentiment reads "May your Days be MERRY and bright."

Hope your week will be merry and bright.
take care, gerri
"May your days be Merry and Bright."

Bright Details

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Mason Jar Christmas

Who decides whats in style in the craft world anyway. I would like to know maybe I should do research on that idea. Right now, I see lots of  mason jars, foxes, mustaches and owls in various forms.  When I saw this Mason Jar stamp..... I knew I wanted to use it to capture a Christmas theme. I created this two sided paper doily tag ornament using it as the center piece.

The  2.5" mason jar  stamp is from 100 Proof Press and is stamped on pretty Cassandra VanCuren pink Christmas collage sheet images from Retro Cafe Art.  I then cut it out the little jar. The jar is layered on various pastel stickers that are glued on a tiny white doily. Some pink tinsel, ribbons, two mini glitter shiny jingle bells, glittery Stickles and Liquid pearls were all used as accents. A big pink ribbon tie and the water colored "Wishing you a Merry Christmas" sentiment was added last to complete this.

Oh and please do stop back next Tuesday, when I will be doing a really special giveaway for Retro Cafe Art.

Hope you will discover a captured world this week.
Take care, Gerri

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Pastel Christmas Greetings

Here's  another  Christmas cards using Retro Cafe Art's beautiful images. I like the idea of Christmas being pink and blue, who says it needs to be red and green all the time!  But I do like the sparkle of Christmas....we even had a silver tinsel tree when I was a child. We had a colored light that rotated and changed its color from pink to blue to yellow. Really cool, don't you think?

Well, to make this card, I started with the background polka dot paper that I watercolored and added pale blue Stickles. It was layered on a cream card. The RCA Cassandra Van Curen Christmas Pink tree image came next and has glitter added to it too and was layered with some sparkly pale blue yarn. Some pink pearls on the corners came next and this card was all done.

Hope you will see a sparkly sight this week.
Artfully yours, Gerri
"Merry Christmas"

"Christmas Details"

Friday, November 23, 2012

Shiny Silver Ornaments

So, Thanksgiving is over and now it's on to Christmas.... at least for my crafting life that is . I'm starting my Christmas cards and ornaments early this year. We will be moving in a week or so so I have to start because everything will be topsy turvy for a while. I will have a nice space for a studio...no furniture but at least a nice sunny space all to myself. I'm not sharing it as a guest room either! LOL.

Well, these two ornaments today are based on Gecko Galz  images from the November Angels sheet. If you get a chance stop by their Yahoo group or subscribe to their newsletter, there's prizes, contests, friendship and inspiration too.

The first ornament tag uses the Vintage Angel image. I water-colored it and added silver Stickles accents. It is sandwiched in between a chipboard Gothic Arch by Retro Cafe Art painted silver. The entire piece is edged with sparkly silver tinsel. Accents include clear rhinestones and a shiny ribbon hanger. The hand cut sentiment says "Merry Christmas".

The second piece is a tag using a pretty image from the Vintage Angel sheet. It is under a silver glitter tag cut out. On the bottom is a purple snowflake that I took apart and edged the piece with. The image is accented with Stickles, paint and pearls. Pearls and a shiny silver ribbon are the finishing touches. The hand cut text reads: "Rejoice with heart and soul and voice!"

Hope you will be rejoicing this week.
take care, Gerri

"Merry Christmas"

"Rejoice with heart and soul and voice"

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Cut A Rug

Today for 100 Proof Press let's dance up a storm and cut a rug. I have a very eclectic musical taste and just love to listen to Alternative Rock these days. I especially love to blast it loud when doing housework! To celebrate music, all kinds of music, I created this tag.

To make this dimensional tag, the rug came first. I used two different 100 Proof Press rubber stamps and put them together in an usual way. The  length of fringe was stamped several times and cut for movement. The octagonal design 2  stamp was used to create the rug's design but in three pieces. I water colored the whole thing for continuity. The rug was layered on a music paper tag. I added the pink record player and the sentiment "Let's dance and Cut a Rug". The accents include glittery Stickles, colorful fiber and a beige ribbon tie,

Hope you will cut a rug and dance up a storm this week.
Sincerely, Gerri
"Lets Dance and Cut A Rug"

"Rug Details"

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