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,

"Cardinal Red Santos"

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Im Yours Always

Gecko Galz is partnering up with Opticillusions this month as a promotional Event. I found this great watch face from them, to start my piece. I am fascinated by watch faces, they really tell the story of the of the style of their time. From  Art Deco to Disco, you can get a quick glimpse of their surrounding time.

To make this collage card I started with the time piece image from  the June cross portion with OpticIllusions. It is layered on 3 different green papers, with green tulle in-between the layers. The antique pen stickers  where used as borders. The pretty female image is from the June 2014 "her beautiful colors" Gecko Galz sheet. The accents include green Stickers, rhinestones,a gold german scrap bow and sentiment. The sentiment says "I'm Yours, Always"

Hope time is passing just like you want it too this week.
Take care, Gerri

"Im Yours Always"

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Railroad Flirt

Hello dear friends, the final piece in the June spotlight for Gecko Galz is the piece below that I call  "Railroad Flirt" . The unusual thing about this is the embellishment I used...trashed wine wrappers! Before you uncork a bottle of wine, you have to remove the foil wrapper. I noticed that they were embossed and colorful and decided to use them in this piece! That's what I call trash to treasure!

To make this card, I started with the  vintage luggage tag printed paper and stamped the world images in the corners. It was layered on copper then navy paper. The central images include the Free June Ephemera of the" train" that I watercolored, June beauty from the "Her beautiful color"  Gecko Galz sheet and the Rail Way "Flirt" paper. The accents include some old hat netting, an old flag, gold brads and wine wrappers from unsealing wine bottles. They are the circles that look like seals. Stickle and watercolor accents were added last.

Hope you will turn trash to treasure this week.
Sincerely, Gerri
"Railway Flirt"

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Amour, there is nothing more thrilling

Heres a card that was featured as the June designer spot light  in newsletter for Gecko Galz. The theme is love but black and gold just seemed like the right color combination. Do colors speak to you?

To make this card I printed out the free June paper on glossy paper and just folded it as a card base. I water-colored the edges for depth. I layered tulle, an image of a vintage photo album and then the Miss Louise image from the June "Miss Louise" sheet. The accents were numerous with the AMOUR banner, black metal roses, lace stickers and gold corners. Miss Louise was detailed with black paint and gold Stickles. The  total sentiment reads "AMOUR, there is nothing more thrilling in this world."

Hope you will find amour this week!
artfully yours, Gerri

"Amour, there is nothing more thrilling in the world."

Friday, June 6, 2014

Green Flapper Friendship Card

For Retro Cafe Art here's a dainty little card with one of my favorite colors Green! I have a lot of green in our home from dusty sage to pine green to khaki green. It is such a soothing color and is a great neutral for many of our possessions too. The green in this card was inspired by the Heritage Golf greens on Hilton Head Island...I included some photos too!

Here is this little "Friendship card: that I created. It is  very a bright green, but I think it works.
The  RCA vintage image is from the Vintage Ladies Glass Negative Sheet and it was put under the Film strip cutout that I painted black. All this was layered on green paper, gold tulle and finally on a green and white patterned card stock. The embellishments include green feathers, black feather rub ones, a fabric rose, Stickles and watercolor paints. The hand cut sentiment says "Friendship"

Hope this week brings lots friends your way.
Take care my friends,


"The green fairways on Hilton Head Island"

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Anatomy of a Motorcycle Mama

I was honored as Designer Spot Light on the Gecko Galz newsletter this month.
Here was my favorite piece for this spotlight: To make this collage I was inspired by the "Miss Louise" image from the June Gecko Galz sheet with Miss Louise and two sharp shooters. I layered her on a leather frame and added the copper sticker grommets and the metal gear halo. She was layered on a city map with the "Anatomy of a motorcycle" free image, a transparency that says "Life is a daring adventure" and  watercolored chip board license plates. The motorcycle image was painted and brads were used to spell "MAMA". Additional accents include metal gears and clocks in the corners, stitched leather  trim and Stickles. All this was layered on a piece of brown paper that looked like wood.
"Anatomy of a Motorcycle Mama"

Here are the questions they asked me, if you read them you will learn a little bit more about me and my art.
How long have you been paper crafting?
Since I could hold a pair of scissors..LOL. Our family is a creative one and often  we had to move the art projects off the kitchen table, so we could eat dinner. In regards to true paper arts, I would say  I have been creating probably about 10 years or more .

What is your favorite kind of projects to do?
I love making cards and ATCs (artist trading cards). I like these formats since I can then share my art. I get pleasure in sending my little beauties into the world for others to enjoy. For me, it's the exploration during the  process of creating as much as, the finished art it'self.

In the industry who do you most admire and why?
OK, I must admit I am in totally love with Tim Holtz. I have been following him for many years. Also  Ranger Industries is in New Jersey, where I am originally from so, he's been on my radar forever.

What brands (besides Gecko Galz) do you enjoy working with? 
Retro Cafe Art is one of my favorites for the variety of mixed media items that it offers. They have Chip board items, 3 D items, German scrap, jewelry pieces and so much more. Kristin  Hubrick the owner has really has an amazing selection. I happen to be on their Design Team so,  I am lucky because they have everything I could ever want to create with.
My other favorite brand is  anything from Ranger Industries including  their stamping inks, alcohol inks, Stickles , embossing powders etc...I could go on and on. They really make  great products.
What is the one thing in your crafting tote that you cannot live without? 
That's a hard question, but I would say my  numerous bottles of Stickles. I do so adore glitter , shine and sparkle. It is the finishing accent that tells me my project is done. After that, it would be a black sharpie marker to outline my fussy cut images and my watercolor paints to add, change or correct colors on everything.

Where have you been published? 
I have been honored to be published in Take Ten and Stamplers Sampler, both Stampington magazines.

What is the best thing about being on the Gecko Galz Design team?
I would have to say the friendship and support of my art. The Gecko Galz team members are really there for you and always offer  words of encouragement and praise. I am thankful for their friendship.

What is your favorite scrapbook shop and where is it located? 
I do go to Michaels a lot...they are  a large art and craft chain  store located in Bluffton , South Carolina. They have great coupons and sales too.
But my favorite haunts are thrift shops, around here they always have craft supplies. It's the  hunt for bargains and unusual items that excites me.
Truthfully, if you saw the size of my art stash, I really shouldn't be buying anything more!

How would you describe your crafting style?
Sparkly Vintage inspired Story telling

If you could have a job in the crafting world what would it be and why?
I would like to teach and travel to art conferences around the country. I love  travel, meeting different people and funny... I do like figuring out the logistics of getting it all done. To be able to help  people to explore their creative side is a very important aspect of life that  I believe sometimes gets lost in our day to day living.  We are all creative individuals and sometimes someone just has to encourage us to try.

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It's called "it's all treasure"  cause "Everything and anything we create, is all treasure".

Any last words for our friends and followers? 

You go Gecko Galz !
Keep on creating!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

How shall I compare?

Here's two pieces for Gecko Galz for the month of June. I recently made a homemade gelli printing plate and have been creating  tons background papers. I had fun with stencils, bubble wrap, stamps all all sorts of paints. Really don't know what I am doing yet but have had fun making them! LOL.

                                              So, This card started with hand 
printed paper that I made in turq 
with a gold filagree stencil.I 
layered the  turq arched door  
image from the "behind the door" 
sheet and layered the pretty 
female image from the "Her 
beautiful colors" Gecko Galz 
June sheet. The  gold german 
scrap borders on the card and the 
door came next. Lots of pearl 
stickers added shine. The 
accents include Gold Stickles and 
the hand cut sentiment from 
William Shakespeare "Shall I 
compare thee to a Summers 
day? Thou art more lovely and 
more temperate."

"How Shall I compare thee"

                        For my second project, I started with the pretty image 
of the  red head from the June 
"her beautiful colors " sheet 
and layered her on the blue  
Art Nouveau door from the 
"behind the dooR sheet. This 
was glued to some hand 
printed paper then an 
embossed scalloped sheet 
and finally put on a blue print 
paper. The scalloped paper 
was watercolored and stickled 
with pink and blue. The 
accents include the beaded 
scepter, crown, pink tulle, her 
necklace, pink ribbon borders 
and sparkly  rhinestone 
flowers in pink and blue. The 
hand cut sentiment reads" the 
Queen grasped Fate's hand"

"The queen grasped Fate's hand"

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