Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Have yourself a merry little Christmas

Here's wishing all my friends whether near or far a very Merry Christmas filled with love, joy and happiness.
Take care,

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Eve extravaganza

Well it's Christmas Eve and all the preparations are done for this wonderful holiday. I want to wish all of you a  very Happy Christmas Eve. I thought I'd share numerous Christmas  projects including cards and ornaments using Retro Cafe Art supplies. I am also sharing a few photos from Christmas celebrations here in the low country. One is the Bluffton, SC Christmas local parade with trucks, trailers, floats, pirates, tractors and all kinds of fun. The second is the Beaufort SC Christmas  night boat parade. It was so beautiful  to be on the harbor at night with all the boats covered in bright colorful lights with music playing and sipping hot chocolate.

Hope you are having a delightful holiday season . 
Take care,


 Little Christmas Creations

Bluffton Christmas Parade

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Beaufort Christmas Boat Parade

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Steampunk Santa

So here's something a bit different, it's a Steampunk ornament for Retro Cafe Art. It's hanging in my studio. I had fun this year making all different kind of ornaments  but  I call this girlie steam punk. I love the theme but, do have to Sparkle it up abit!

So I started with a glass ornament  that you were supposed to put a photo in. I chose to put in a retro Santa face  from the Oh Santa Collage Sheet with the Ho Ho Ho  collage words paper cuts words. Of course it was glittered up with Stickles. I should buy stock in Ranger Industries! Ha Ha.... Under the Santa are all store of metal gears and tags. It also has mini glitter red jingle bells and a RCA propeller. The Believe tag was the final pies. Some burgundy ribbon and he was also set to fly!

Hope you will fly around this week and get all you need done!
Artfully yours,

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Joyful Green Snow

Here's an ornament I made for Retro Cafe Art, it hangs proudly on our tree. We have a nice medium sized tree this year. It is decorated in  only gold, silver and white. Its very sparkly!  I've sent out all my cards and now I can take a rest. This year there were over 50 individually decorated unique cards were sent.

So, to make this ornament I started with the Snowflake  ornament and painted it cream and then green. I added the Christmas Word Joyful cutout covered with gold Stickles. The collage image is from Retro Cafe art called Let it Snow. The Mini glitter jingle gold bells were hung green thread. The whole piece was outlined in green Stickles.

Here's wishing you a joyful week.
Take care,

Monday, December 9, 2013

Black and White and Christmas all over

For the Gecko Galz 's  Design team this month, here are two  different projects both from the Black and White beauties collage sheet. I just couldn't leave them black and white so, I painted and glittered them up for Christmas. Today I am sharing a greeting card and also a little shrine necklace.

The card started with the lovely image that I embellished. It was layered on pattern paper and edged with German scrap. I added the glittered holly, "25" and the word beautiful.

 The shrine necklace uses several Retro Cafe Art supplies including the shrine, doves, snowflake and pretty metal rose. All were painted and layered. The Black and White beauty is inside the shrine.

Hope you have a glittery week.
Take care, Gerri

"Beautiful 25 card"

"Pure as Song Necklace"

Friday, December 6, 2013

Purple Dancer in Organza with Snow men

I am being featured at Gecko Galz  this month in the designer spotlight. I really love the collage images that Leanne does for this site and you should check them out. The ones I used are on the freebie page.   She is also setting up the yahoo group with contests and prizes. Do check it out.

These are the two Christmas cards that I created using a Gecko Galz collage sheet for the spotlight. They are different in style, but still me with touches of glitter! Hope you like them.

Hope you enjoy the freebies this week.
Take care, Gerri

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Cute Santa Dollies

Now that Thanksgiving is over, my big push is Christmas. I make Christmas cards, Christmas ATCs and even Christmas ornaments to send to family and friends. I've been doing it for so many years that now I can not send a purchased card to anyone! LOL

So here's a Retro Cafe Art ATC that I've created. I just adore their  paper cuts especially these Santa dollie heads. I added their white pom pom and glitter on the fur hats There's also Red stars covered with glitter and all sorts of sparkle trim.

Here's wishing you a sparklie day!
take care, gerri

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Flying Frida Shrine

Today's project is a shrine  dedicated to Frida Kahlo, the Mexican painter that I made for a shrine swap for Retro Cafe Art.  I do do love creating swap items so that my little treasures can be shared with others. Also it's so much fun to wait to see what amazing art I receive in return. RCA is always having fun swaps, right now I am working on their angel ornament swap. Come join the fun.

This  RCA shrine is decorated with metal roses, a flying heart, Stickles glitter, German  Dresden edging  and gold foil. In side is a Frida bead that was just the perfect size. The back of the shrine is covered in black lace.

Hope you will enjoy a good swap this week.
Take care, Gerri

"Frida Shrine"

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Crystal Drop Snow Queen

Today I am being featured on Gecko Galz 's month of ornaments. If you check out their site, they are featuring an ornament a day from the talented Design Team all using Gecko Galz  incredible images. My  shiny ornament uses the "Snow Queen"  image glued on the back of  a chandelier crystal drop. You know how much I adore chandeliers.....Then the crystal was layered on all sorts of snow flakes, I happen to have in my stash. There are plastic, foam and even felt but of course, there's lots of silver glitter ones too.  By the way Gecko Galz, is also  having a great giveaway this month, you can read all about it under my ornament below.

Hope you will see something shiny and glittery this week.
Take care, Gerri

Crystal Snow Queen

Glittery Details

To celebrate the holidays this year Gecko 
Galz is doing it up in a big way!
Each week we will give away a fantastic 
Gecko Galz Prize to one lucky customer, 
no strings attached just free Gecko Galz 
products up until Christmas!
Each week we will post a word on our 
blog and on our Facebook page and all 
you have to do is email the word to us at and on each 
Saturday we will do a drawing to pick a 
winner! This is the time of Year we like to 
reward our customers and we love giving 
gifts! Also make a purchase this month 
and you will be placed in our drawing to 
win a $20 shopping you will 
get an exclusive gift from Gecko Galz as a 
thank you, but wait there is more you will 
also get placed in that weeks drawing a 
second time (assuming you send in the 
word). So get ready to WIN WIN WIN!

Good Luck My friends!!!!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Day of the Dead Shrine

Today is Day of the Dead in Mexico and All Saints day here. I guess its all about our  love ones  who have passed on and how we should honor them. What better way to do this  if you are an artist to create something colorful and fun! So today, I have a Day of the Dead Shrine using Retro Cafe Art supplies. They are having a Day of the Dead swap too. You  have until November 11th and you can check it out here.

The mini shrine was filled with a  DOTD skull that I painted and added metal rose eyes. The DOTD Star shrine box was painted, stamped, Stickled and trimmed with German Dresden scrap. I added the top piece using a gold foil fan, more metal roses and a skeleton bead.

Hope you will celebrate this day in your own special way.
take care, Gerri

Thursday, October 31, 2013

A Halloween Extravaganza

Happy Halloween my friends! It's my favorite holiday cause you know it's when I met my husband, at a Halloween costume party in NYC, oh back in the day. Of course, there is a Halloween decorated side board in our entry way to celebrate every year and I am sharing  it with you too.

I decided to show three  projects all using Retro Cafe Art supplies today. Kristin has been so kind to post several of them on her RCA Facebook page too. Today there's an spider web ATC with swinging spider, creepy bee woman with real(only kidding) spider webs. A  paper skellie shrine with cutout bats and a spider charm looking all scary in a  tiny tartlet pan . Finally,  my favorite modeled by Mary Lou is a  Halloween feather pin complete with green jewel, skull beads, metal roses, lots of black lace  and a cutout flourish swirl.

Hope you enjoyed my  sweet and scary selection today.
Happy Halloween,

Wicked Spirits 
Scary Skeletons

Boo-tiful Halloween Pin

Our Halloween Display

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Even He's Getting into it

Its almost here...Halloween that is! Here's another Retro Cafe Art Card I created using the wonderful skeleton and cut out bats. My husband even is getting into the act using a Retro Cafe Art skull bead for the top of his miniature car that he sells on Etsy in his shop called classic wrecks! LOL!

Hope you are having a BOO-tiful week.
take care, gerri

Spooky Halloween Night
Skellie Close Up

Rat Road Skullie 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Darling Halloween Cards

Today for Retro Cafe Art  here are some little Halloween cards that I made. I sent out over 35 cards this year and enjoyed making each and everyone! The inspiration for these were the Retro Cafe Art dollie Halloween sheet. I think that they are the sweetest thing! I am also including a picture of our front door as we get ready for Halloween!

Hope you have a fun filled Halloween week!
take care, gerri

Trick or Treat

Oct 31st Trick or Treat Card

Our Southern Halloween decorations!

Friday, October 25, 2013

BOO! Gecko Galz 3rd annual Blog Hop

Welcome Everyone to the 3rd 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 another free Gecko Galz Collage sheet for you to download, The one here is "Midnight Magic".
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 48 different sets! This is a $144 value
·        Second prize is a The monthly paper pack for an entire year! Each month you will receive our paper pack absolutely FREE! This is a $72 value.
·        Third prize is all 3 individual collage sheets each month for a year! This is a $54 value
·        And our Grand Prize ONE FULL YEAR of Gecko Galz  COLLECTIONS!!! That will be 1 paper pack, 1 digital stamp set, and 4 collage sets each month for the entire year! This is a prize worth $288
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 Fifteen words (one on each blog site) and at the end of the blog on the Fripperies and Butterflies site there will be a link to email the phrase to Gecko Galz. This enters you in the contest. On October 28th 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, facebook page, or website you will be entered to win a Gecko Store Shopping Spree worth $25 - super easy right?  Just post a link to your blog on the Gecko Galz Blog so we can come visit :).
Your Secret Word is;

Please enjoy this free Gecko Galz Collage sheet “Midnight Magic” on the link for a full size sheet.

As well as the samples I have made using the images

Now  you are ready to go to the next blog site and see what wonderful treats await you there. Just click the name  to be whisked away to their blog!
Here is the Blog Hop Rotation 

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Sweet Recycled Halloween tags

If you are like me , you collect little bits of paper, buttons and shiny tidbits. I particularly can't throw away garment tags. Since I was in the fashion clothing business, I know how much time and work goes into them. But as a paper artist it's where I am able to give them their second life! 

For Retro Cafe Art , I took three tags and painted them with acrylic paint, them stamped them and added orange roses. The cRetro Cafe Art cutouts are a bat, masks,  mini frame, web and  a spider. Of course there is black glitter and black lace too. I let the tag cords just as I found them!

Hope you will recycle something wonderful this week.
artfully yours, gerri


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