Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Thankful For Spooks

Yes, it's my favorite day of the year Halloween! Happy Halloween everyone. It's when I met my dear husband, so it's always special to us. It's so different being in the south, not so much fall leaf color, but I do see some pumpkins around. This scary celebration piece was just perfect for the Stampsmith TSC35 Challenge "With Gratitude Challenge". Its creepy to be thankful for spooks, but now you understand why.

To make this little ghoulie, I stamped the Stampsmith Flapper image on a piece of velum. I layered it on patterned paper so the web was under the ghoulies face. It is layered on a black ATC and black glitter frame. Some web die cuts, a tiny spider, Stickle accents and a shiny fiber ribbon came next. The sentiment reads "Thankful for Spooks".

Hope you will have a spook free day.
take care, gerri
"Thankful for Spooks"

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Its Getting Close

Well its's getting close, Halloween that is and also Hurricane Sandy for my friends on the east coast of the United States. I hope if you are in the eye of the storm you are safe. It's a big one and is supposed to last quite awhile and impact will be intense. It did not impact us at all here in South Carolina we have had a string of clear sunny days.

Well to make this Halloween card I used all sorts of  haunting Retro Cafe Art supplies. The Hello Dollie Paper Cut cutie was my starting point and I added the  RCA ouija board, tiny masquerade cut out mask and the shiny silver  witchy hat. The background of RCA poison labels was layered on the Halloween Tree ATC background by Cassandra Van Curen. Two tiny small Gothic windows  were filled with skeleton images. All this was glued to a shiny marblized card. Of course, everything was covered with Silver and Red Stickles accents.

Hope you will be a little witchy this week.
Take care, gerri

Friday, October 26, 2012

Gecko Galz Tricks and Treats Blog Hop

Welcome to the 2nd Annual Gecko Galz Tricks and Treats Blog Hop
 I am the next stop on your “hop” welcome to my blog! If you started here you might want to go back and start at the begining at the Gecko Galz blog so you won’t miss anything!  
We have 15 AMAZING blogs for you to visit this weekend, each with some gorgeous projects created using the Gecko Galz collage images, that we are giving you for FREE! Each blog you visit will have a free Gecko Galz Collage sheet for you to download, mine is "Picture Perfect". Also make sure you collect all the secret words on each blog so at the end of the hop you can enter to win our wonderful treat.  So sit back, relax, take your time and enjoy the hop!
We have FOUR amazing prizes up for grabs:
  • First is the ephemera collections for each month for an entire year. That is 60 different sets! This is a $120 value
  • Second prize is a $50 shopping spree at the Gecko Galz website….you pick it and we send it!
  • Third prize is one free digital collage set each month for an entire year, you get to pick the collage sheet you want each month and we send it off to you! This is a $24 value
  • And our Grand Prize ONE FULL YEAR of Gecko Galz  COLLECTIONS!!! That will be 1 paper pack, 1 digital stamp set, and 5 collage sets for the entire year! This is a prize worth $240
Read on to learn how you can win!
First of all, you will need to visit all 15 blogs and leave a comment on each blog :) **This is important so we know you have been to all the blogs **. Collect all eleven words and at the end of the blog on the Fripperies and Butterflies site there will be a link to the Gecko Galz website where you will email us the phrase the words make up. This enters you in the contest. On October 31st we will randomly draw the 4 winners and email each of you, then we will post the winning names on our website and on the Gecko Galz blog site.
For an extra chance to win make a purchase from the Gecko Galz site and your name goes in again for a better chance of winning (each purchase you make that weekend gives you another chance to win) 

Finally, we are having one more give away! If you post our Gecko Galz badge (found on the Gecko Galz Blog) on your blog or website you will be entered to win a Gecko Store Gift Certificate worth $25 - super easy right?  Just post a link to your blog on the Gecko Galz Blog so we can come visit :).
My Secret Word is;
Now go to the next site and collect the next word plus your next FREE collage sheet.

 Here is the Blog Hop Rotation 
Gerri Herbst You are here.....
Jules Eickmeier is next.
Please enjoy this free Gecko Galz Collage sheet “Lovely Ladies”
As well as the three samples I have made using the images.... a card, a tag and a pin.
take care, gerri 
"She had her own destiny"

"How charming"

"Mary Lou modeling the pin."

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Fluttering Butterfly Pins

Today for Retro Cafe Art, we will have Mary Lou model some little butterfly floral pins I created. There seem to be so many butterflies here in South Carolina in the fall, I just love watching them.

To make these little beauties I started with some patterned and solid paper flowers  that I just had hanging around. I tried to layer coordinating  colors for interest. I sewed in some crocheted colored floral centers for texture all the way through to a pin back. The next part was to paint and use Stickles, they come in such lovely colors, to detail the  tiny cutout butterflies from the butterfly ATC Frame centers. I wrapped some pretty twine around to create the body and the antennae. They were glued to the edge, as if they just stopped by for a sip of nectar.

Hope you will flutter by a pretty flower this week.
take care, gerri

Monday, October 22, 2012

Making Beautiful Music Together with 100 Proof Press and Faber-Castell

Today’s the start of the blog hop between Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft and 100 Proof Press!  We’re very excited for our first collaboration with them! Hop with us today for a blog hop packed with inspiration and techniques!

We’ll also have prizes for those who participate.  Be sure to visit and leave a comment on each designer’s blog.  When you’re finished, comment on the company’s blogs to be eligible for the following great prizes:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft will be giving away a $40 prize pack, and 100 Proof Press will be giving away a $30 gift certificate!

Want an extra chance to win some prizes?  Tweet Design Memory Craft at @DesignMemCraft about a technique you learned on the hop for a chance to win their NEW Stamper’s Big White Pen!  Or like 100 Proof Press’s Facebook page ( for a chance to win the calendar you saw on this hop!

The blog hop will be open until midnight on October 26th, and the winners will be announced on October 29th on each company’s blog/twitter.

I have the entire list of blogs below, if you started at 100 Proof Press and made it to me your next stop will be at  Alexa's blog.

The START is:
100 Proof Press

Tiffany Johnson


Jen Matott

Tracy Evans



Mou Saha




Gerri  This is me!



The final blog is:Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft

Hope you like my Sweet Halloween tag using the 100 Proof Press Big Cutie Baby stamp. I used the Faber-Castel yellow color pencil set  for color, which was amazing. I could even color on glossy paper! The background used the amazing  neutral Mixed Media sampler. "All you need to crate vintage looks! The neutral Mixed Media Sampler includes a Stamper's Big Brush Pen, Art GRIP® Aquarelle Pencil, PITT® Pastel Pencil, Metallic PITT® Artist Pen and Gelato®. The mediums mix well together and can be stamped, smudged and blended to create countless effects. " It was great!

take care, gerri

"Sweet Pumpkin Child"

"Sweetie details"

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Let us Run If We Must

Its a Giant tag today using the awesome Gauche Academy kit and my favorite Star burst stamp by 100 Proof Press. I just love the saying about the little things taken on the run and when I saw the little black Retro Cafe Art cut out boots, I knew just what to make.

I started with the shoe image from Gauche Academy and layered it on of their tags.I happened to have colored circles that matched and layered them. I stamped the whole thing with the Sun burst stamp/More layers of black fabric and herringbone paper. The final details were the red tag hanger, Retro Cafe Art boots and the sentiment which reads" Half the joy of life is in the little things taken on the run. Let us run if we must."

Hope you will will enjoy the little things this week.
sincerely, gerri

"Half the joy in life are the little things taken on the run."
"Let us run if we must"

"Running Details"

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Halloween Box of Sweet Horrors

I recently participated in a Halloween Match Box Swap hosted by  Vintage draonfly. She has such amazing swap ideas. I did it last year and had so much scary fun , I decided to do it again. My swap partner has received it, so it's ok to share a few photos of this boo-tiful box with you.

The first step was to create the scary rosette. I started with some black flowers and cut off the rounded petals and dabbed them with blood red paint.I layered a Retro Cafe Art  web cut out with some red rhinestone spiders and a tiny red ouija board. The big match box came next and was painted black and web printed paper filled the sides. I added some red sparkly fiber, the Boo sentiment and put on 4 tarnished silver button feet. Some red Stickles outlined the edges. I layered some black tulle, the black rosette and a pair of skeleton arms.  The inside of the match box was painted, papered and red rhinestone buttons were added as handles. The inside is now a movable stage with an articulated Skeleton from Retro Cafe Art collage sheet. I used red thread to hold it together. On the skeleton are red RCA acrylic ribs and a gold Stickled cut out crown. I filled some tiny bottles with glitter and added some tiny poison labels. A ouija board was added inside for the skeleton to play with.LOL.

Hope you will have some scary fun this week.
yours truly, gerri

Monday, October 15, 2012

Two for One

Today it's two for one, that means two projects from two wonderful suppliers in one post.The two companies are 100 Proof Press which I am a Design Team member and and Gauche Alchemy.The two paired up and mixing  their supplies was a fun challenge for me. I adore 100 proof press rubber stamps and when GaucheAlchemy sent their kit with Real vintage magazine pages, laces, scrap book pages, rhinestones, buttons and brads, I just knew what I would create.

 In the first collage I used the darling ostrich plume stamp from 100 proof press for the vintage beauty's hair. The pink lace, rhinestone, ring with happy image and finally the heart punchella; which I used as a stencil  were all in the kit. The hand cut sentiment came from a Gauche Alchemy vintage advertisement. Some Stickles and watercolor paint were all it needed as the finishing accents.
In the second collage it was the GaucheAlchemy advertisement for "opportunity" had started me. The scrapbook working office images just went with it.The row of books stamp from 100 proof press fit  right into the creation.The hand cut sentiment says "Work with me people to acquire this personal power....knowledge, education, training, facts!". I layered this on some painted paper with staples, Stickles and some pretty twine to complete this.

Hope you will have a great week acquiring your own personal super power.
take care, gerri 

"But look at my ring, he wants me for Life"

"Work with me People"

Friday, October 12, 2012

All I want for Christmas

All I want for Christmas is white glittery snowflakes, well not really! No snow here in the south . LOL. I don't really miss it at all. I do hope to be in our new home by then so, we will be able to get all our Christmas decoration out of the storage boxes. I can't wait to decorate. Speaking of Christmas, Gecko Galz new October Collage sheets are just in time for making your Christmas cards and tags especially the Wintertime Collection which I used below on this snowy tag.

I painted the tag with lots of greens, brown and gold paint ,then added the icy Stickles on the edges for snow. The sliding child from Gecko Galz came next and was layered on some snowflake paper.The hand cut sentiment came next and reads "All I want for Christmas is White Glittery Snowflakes." Wooden snowflakes were painted cream and antiqued before adding some Stickles snow. Touches of watercolor paint and a red Stickles hat on the sledder were the finishing touches.

Hope you will get all you wish for this week.
artfully yours, gerri

"All I want for Christmas is White Glittery Snowflakes"

"Snowy Details"

Monday, October 8, 2012

Owl be seeing you

Owl be seeing you this Halloween especially with lots of scary cute projects from Retro Cafe Art. I just love all their creepy cute bits and bobs. I participated in their Tomb stone swap, cant wait to see what I get! Check out their facebook page too for giveaways and contests.

For today's piece I made a Halloween card.... I started with Halloween stripe paper and added an ATC spider web overlay. I added pointy black German  Dresden Foil scrap on the edges. Some striped accents came next. A Paper cut owl with a cute witch hat cutout add the fun. A fuzzy spider and a Happy Halloween confetti sign were added. Orange and Black Stickles came last for sparkle.

Hope Owl be seeing you during the Halloween season.
artfully yours, gerri
"Happy Halloween"

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Highly Entertaining Halloween

Today for Gecko Galz , here's a darling little  pumpkin card. It's time to make to start making all my Halloween cards that I will send out to family and friends. I like to do them all in one day so that as the ideas flow and all the supplies are out, it does go quite quickly.

To make this, I used a black card  then  layered  with orange burlap that I fringed edges. On a black  ATC  I stamped  a swirly pattern with glue then sprinkled lime green glitter. The  darlingpumpkin image is from the Gecko Galz Tricks and Treats collage sheet and was added last. Then
the completed ATC was layered on top. Finally, there's orange Stickle accents  of course and 

green shiny brads too.

Hope you will have a highly entertaining week.
take care, gerri

"Wishing you a Highly Entertaining Halloween"

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Joy To A Pink and Blue World

Retro Cafe Art has the sweetest supplies. How about Christmas, but in pink and blue....not your usual combination but definitely a pretty one. When I grew up we had a silver tinsel tree for awhile and this banner reminds of those shiny days.

To make this beauty, I started with the Cassandra VanCuren Christmas Pink ATC  and her Christmas Pink and Blue collage sheet  to find the little images. I placed them in some pastel slide holders that were covered in polka dots. Each of the flags is decorated, some have pink ribbon, some pink acorn buttons and the center one has a blue crochet snowflake. I sprayed the snowflake with blue ink and sprinkled it with silver glitter.  There's pink and blue Stickles accents too. The sentiment reads "Joy" in sparkly pink letters. The final step was to use white jump rings and the tie on my little flags.

Hope you we the world in pretty colors this week.
Take care, Gerri
"Banner of Christmas Joy"

"Joyful Details"

Monday, October 1, 2012

Now and then it's good to Wish

Yes, now and then it's good to wish..... especially if it's for my blogiversary giveaway. LOL. Well, the random number generator, namely my husband picked  Kristin  of Retro Cafe Art number from the comments. Congrats to you, Ill be sending out your goodies this week. Enjoy.

Today's card features a stamp from 100 proof press called Large Window. It is layered with a pretty ballerina image called Ballet Dancers from Debrina Pratt. Underneath are gold wavy textural and script patterned paper in tan. The accents include pretty two tone ribbon trim, a tulle with organza flower and a little Wish ticket. Sparkly details include tiny wings and Stickles on the dancers skirt, crown and bodice.
The hand cut sentiment says "Now and then, it's good to wish."

Hope all your wishes come true this week.
take care, gerri
"Its good to Wish"

"Ballerina Details"
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