Monday, August 25, 2014

Floral Garden Hook

Heres a floral key hook that I made for Retro Cafe Art. These are real pressed flowers. When we were in New Jersey we had a huge English Cottage Garden, that I miss. Here in the south Gardening is different because of the heat. We are working on it but now we have mainly flowering shrubs like camellias and gardenias. This fall we plan on adding more plants when the weather cools down.

To make this heart shaped key hook. I covered the hook with green pressed leaves and edged it with lace.The winged image was an angel with the pretty Fairy head victorain cut out . Pressed flowers and leaves were layered on top. A tiny Stickles necklace was added for a touch of shine.

Hope you will enjoy some beautiful flowers or gardens this week.
Artfully yours, Gerri

Saturday, August 23, 2014

A crazy combination of Clowns, Geishas and Vintage Women

Hello Friends,
Here are my Gecko Galz August Design Team projects with three very different themes. One is of clowns ,geishas and vintage women different is that! Have you ever thought of what drives us to create and how we pick our themes. I do, but I never seem to have an answer. LOL.
To create these three projects:

This fun ATC used the August collage sheet Clowning Around for the 2 clown friend images. The perforated ATC frame is from Retro Cafe Art and was painted red, yellow and blue and filled with Stickles with a  patterned background. The  sparkly red fringe edge  and blue confetti are the  accents. The hand cut sentiment reads "It is better, given the choice, to have friends."
This shrine project started with the lovely geisha image from the August Japanese Traditions collage sheet. It was added to a chipboard shrine that was painted black. The center of the shrine was dipped with gold paint and  the Japanese image was added. The shrine sides had red and gold paper added. The accents include red fans with tassels, coins, beads and Gold Stickles. The hand cut sentiment reads "She is more precious than rubies."

This collage started with the  ornate frame image from the cross promotional Itkupilla Primavera that was cut out. I than fussy cut the female image and the rose heart image  which was used  as her bodice. Accents include pink and white rose ribbon, organza flowers, green sequin leaves, pink ribbon rose buds and a pink bow. The entire piece was watercolored and Stickled for added dimension. The handout sentiment read "the memory of flowers of love."

Hope your week is filled with creating new and varied projects.
Take care, Gerri
It is better given the choice to have friends

She is more precious than rubies

The memories of flowers and love

Friday, August 8, 2014

Mermaid Garland

Here's a piece for Retro Cafe Art on my favorite theme, besides Paris, that being mermaids. This sleeping mermaid garland is about 4 feet long and hangs in my art room. I had fun imagining how all my supplies related to her. The  pretty mermaid figure is from Retro Cafe Art and was my starting point. The mirror cutout  actually has a mirror reflective surface in it to see yourself! With pale sequins to represent bubbles, hand stamped  paper hearts,  mirror charms to be her looking glass and of course , shell charms my piece was complete.

Hope you will get to dive into the sea and explore this week.
take care, Gerri

"Pleasant dreams, tomorrow is soon enough."

Mermaid Garland

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