Tuesday, September 29, 2015

This and that

It seems that life is rolling on by.....I think I stay so busy I forget to blog sometimes!  I thought today I would share just some different things.  Usually I am posting my Gecko Galz designs about this time each month but I changed it up a little this time.  Go grab a cup of tea and enjoy.

First up:

I wanted to share this because I just LOVE how it turned out.  You see, here in Texas we are silly crazy about all things Texas!  This was a 3d layout class I had in August.  I love how the paper looks like old leather.  How the flowers turned out.  How the grungepaper looks like real leather.
Just all over goodness.

The flowers were made using Elizabeth Craft Designs dies.  I used the Garden Notes Rose 2 and the Bluebonnet dies.  I had never made the flowers before.  I think they turned out awesome!

The star is made from paper as well.  Once I made the 3D star I painted it with silver precious metals.  Love that stuff!  Then I added it to the red bandana rosette (made from a napkin!).  The picture is extra special because I made it for a friend.  That is her and her husband.  Such lovebirds!  And the fenceboards are from Scrapp n' Savvy!  Just so many things to love!

Also this summer I had a class in which we made a mini suitcase.  We built the whole thing from scratch and then added a mini album inside!  They were so much fun to make and decorate.  Just a tidbit to show here:

Well, as we say in Texas, I hope y'all have a good one!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Goblins and Ghosts and Fall Fun

Oh what a wonderful time of year.  I love the cool evenings and the pretty days.  And the colors - oh, just stunning.  Even though I live in a part of the country that doesn't really see the bright Autumn colors, I still look forward to it every year.

This month Gecko Galz has some stunning images to get you in the Autumn spirit. Or maybe just in the spooky spirit!!

For my first sample I made a tiny lantern to highlight the fun black and white images.

The picture is not the best...but there is a flameless candle in the mini lantern!  The images are perfect and "glow" with the candle.

I fell in love with the vintage children images this month too.  They are just so cute.  To highlight them I decided to make some pumpkins with the images in the centers.  I drew a pumpkin shape on chipboard and then made another center area for the pumpkin out of chipboard as well.  I painted these with distress paints giving them highlights and shadows.  I then added the image to the center panel using matte medium.  The center panel was them adhered to the pumpkin and extra shadowing was added.  Finished them with bows and wooden leaves.  It is a little hard to see but I added a sparkle to the main pumpkin too.  They look so cute in my entrance hall!  Images are from Halloween is for Kids collage sheet.

 This one is made with one of the chalkboard images from Wicked Words collage sheet that is part of the craft kit this month.  I think I have made a dozen of these now.  Everyone wants one!  It is made the same way as the pumpkins above but I stenciled on the base pumpkin with texture paste.  The are painted black and then the textured area is rubbed with silver to make it stand out.  The center panel has Glass Bead Glitter Gel on it.  It is iridescent so it really picks up the silver color.  A big bow and dangling leave complete it.

These are just a sampling of the images this month.  So many to choose from!  Stop by Gecko Galz and take a look at the beautiful images.  Get your SPOOK on!!!

Happy Fall Y'all!