Tuesday, July 18, 2017

In a Mermaid's Garden

Hi, I have three cards to share that I made using Gecko Galz products. Our customer challenge theme for this month is all about mermaids. There is still time to join us and possibly win a prize! Just click here and you will be linked to all the contest details.

My first card features a lovely GG mermaid image that I printed and then fussy cut. The oval shape is die cut from Fizzy Water which is from the By the Shore paper pack. Striped paper from the Sea Side paper pack was used for the background. The corners were punched with a Martha Stewart punch. The seahorse and coral were printed and then fussy cut from Sea Side Icons. All the pieces were layered onto a white card base.

Next I made two travel themed cards. The first is Amsterdam. Using the Roads Less Traveled collage set, I enlarged the Amsterdam image and adhered it to a red card base. The Dutch girl is from the Little Ladies from Around the World collage set. I die cut her and offset her onto the card. Finally, I added the words "Wish You Were Here", which is a wooden sticker from my stash.

For the second travel themed card I printed the Greece image from the Roads Less Traveled set and then layered it onto the Greece paper from the Great Adventure paper pack. Those two pieces were attached to cardboard and then a white card base. The final touch was the Greek statue (which I sized and fussy cut) from the Apothecary Labels collage set.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Back again...

with another Cake tag to share! When I was a child, my father used to sing these words - "If I knew you were coming, I'd have baked a cake." He sang those words over and over. I thought he made it up. The other day I looked online and found out that it's an actual song from the 1950's!! It was really popular then.

I used background paper from Gecko Galz on the tag. It's called "Take the Cake" from the Kitchy Kool paper set. I added yellow Stickles to the candle flames. I printed out the words and then outlined around them with a blue gel pen. The heart is from my stash. The edges of the tag were inked with brown chalk ink.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

It's Tuesday...

and time for a new challenge at Tag Tuesday. The theme for the next 2 weeks has been chosen by Wilma and it's "Cake". Here is a tag I made, using a cake I cut from a Daphne's Diary calendar. The image is Marie Antoinette (from Gecko Galz). It was die cut and layered over a blue Doodlebug doily.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Happy July!!

I picked the theme "The Beach" for Tag Tuesday's challenge this time. Here are the tags I made.

My first tag is made with Gecko Galz images for the background and the little boy. I stamped the anchor in blue, the edges of the tag in brown, added brown ribbon and a Tim Holtz phrase sticker.

The second tag has a background made with Distress Oxide inks. I stamped the seaweed with Ranger Archival ink. The fish was stamped and then fussy cut. Both the crab die cut and the fish were pop dotted to the tag. Finally, I stamped bubbles coming out of the fish's mouth.

Please join us and link a Beach tag to Tag Tuesday. We'd love to have you!

Monday, June 19, 2017

More Texture

I made another tag for the Texture theme at Tag Tuesday. I call it "2 heads are better than one".

I began by covering a #8 size tag with orange Basic Grey paper. I then added a strip of BG material. I tore a strip of cardboard and adhered it to the tag. I layered an old piece of stamped paper on top of that, a few staples, some pink dyed tissue paper, metal number 2 and german scrap to trim the bottom of the tag. The two faces were added last. One is a paper clay face and the other is a stamped phrenology head with added wings.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day!

Today I'm sharing a card dedicated to fathers. It uses Gecko Galz products and is on the GG blog today.

The background paper is from the Roads Less Traveled & Timeless paper packs. I cut the world landmarks into three rectangles and pieced them onto the Timeless paper (blue paper with the crown). The father & son image is from the Man O'Man collage sheet, as are the words "World's Greatest Dad". The world is die cut from a Tim Holtz die (Sizzix).

It's circus time at Gecko Galz! I made a card and 3 ATC's - all featuring clowns. All the clown images are from the Clowning Around collage sheets.

I also made two patriotic cards. These images are from the Stars and Stripes collage sheets.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017


New theme at Tag Tuesday for the next 2 weeks is "Texture", chosen by Wendy. My tag is all pink and uses dry embossing, twine and pearls for texture. The lady is cut from Gecko Galz paper with a Sizzix die. The tag top was punched with a Stampin' Up punch.

Please join us and link up a texture tag of your own - we'd love to have you!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Another Animal Tag

This animal is a Hipster Goat. I made the background using Distress Oxide inks. Such fun stamps and inks!!

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

New Theme @ Tag Tuesday

Hi, everyone! We have a new theme at Tag Tuesday - Animals!! Today I'm sharing the first of many tags I made.

I've switched Ranger designers today and am featuring a tag using products from Dyan Reaveley. Last week I was able to take two classes from Dyan - let me tell you, she is a fantastic teacher!! This tag was painted using her line of Dylusions paints. They go on smoothly and dry quickly. The cat stamp is also from Dyan, as is the quote.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Tim Holtz!

As I'm sure you can tell from my posts and the products I love to use - I am a really big Tim Holtz fan!!! The new Distress Oxide inks of his are awesome! My sister and I are having loads of fun using them.

I made 2 more tags for Tag Tuesday's "Anything Goes" theme. For the first one, I used only Distress Oxide inks and then stamped on the tag with Tim's butterfly stamp.

I made the second tag using a mix of Distress Inks and Distress Oxide inks. I love the background this made!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Country Charm

For Gecko Galz this month I made two cards to share with you. I followed the country charm theme (May's customer challenge).

The first one uses a bee from the "What's the Buzz" collage sheet and a butterfly from the "How Does My Garden Grow" sheet. The die cut oval was made using "Potluck" paper from the Kitchen Sink collection.

I love the pretty image on the second card - it's from the "Country Charm" collage sheet. The background paper is from the "Country Charm" paper pack. I also added a bit of floral trim and a blue Doodlebug doily. The word hello on both cards is cut from a Sizzix die.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Anything Goes!

Today I'd like share a tag I made for Tag Tuesday. The theme is "Anything Goes".

I've been using a lot of Tim Holtz Distress products lately to make the backgrounds on my tags. This time, I colored a manila tag with Distress Crayons, wet my (gloved) finger and blended the colors. Then I used Ranger Archival black ink to stamp text. The seahorse and heart were from my stash.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Face Tags

I have three more face tags to share for Tag Tuesday.

The first tag's background is showing part of the Titanic (I purchased a collage sheet years ago; sorry, can't remember who from). The lady and child were stamped, using a B Line Designs stamp called "Hannah's Son". I added paper at the top of the tag, lace at the bottom and also blue adhesive paper ribbon. The word sticker is from Tim Holtz. The flowers are from Prima.

The second tag features a Gecko Galz image and paper covering the tag. The heart doily, word sticker and butterfly are from my stash.

I made the last tag by stamping the man's face onto a plain manila tag. I covered the face with a scrap of paper and inked the rest of the tag using Distress inks. I removed the paper and finished inking around his face. The word Epic was in my stash.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Two challenges you can enter!

I want to share two challenges that you can enter - they have prizes offered, with a chance for you to win!!

First up is Gecko Galz. The customer challenge this month is Country Charm. All you need to do is use at least one Gecko product in your project and link it up. Details are here. I made a bunny for this month.

I love making home decor items and so I'm always watching for pieces to buy that I can decorate. This little bunny is wooden and he's from the Target dollar spot. He was plain, no decoration except yellow paint around the edge. I used paper from the "Country Stitches" paper pack and covered the body. Then I used a Tim Holtz die (Tattered Flowers) and various Gecko Galz papers to cut and layer the flowers. I added a gold resin flower from Stampin' Up in the center.

Next up is a tag I made for Tag Tuesday. The theme was chosen by Chrissie and is Faces. She is offering a prize and the details are on her blog, which you can link to from the Tag Tuesday main page.

It just so happens that my sister and I attended a show last week called Adventures in Stamping. It's a stamper's dream and I wait for it all year long! We purchased the new Tim Holtz Hipster Animals stamps and dies. We also splurged and bought the new Distress Oxide inks!! We had fun trying them out the other day and I decided to make the ostrich for one of my face tags. I used the oxide inks to cover the tag - I love the soft look - and then I stamped the ostrich with Walnut Stain Distress ink, die cut it out and colored it with chalks. The word EPIC was stamped and punched out in a star shape. I used the die cut and green paper to make the glasses.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Statue of Liberty

I'm sharing a tag I made that features a World Heritage Site found in the United States - the Statue of Liberty. I remember visiting it when I was in high school. It's amazing!

I stamped the statue in green ink onto a kraft oval die cut. The banner pieces were punched with a Stampin' Up punch and I covered the tag with a map design (patterned paper from Hobby Lobby). The word "freedom" is from Tim Holtz.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Tag Tuesday - Share your heritage

Hello, just a quick post, sharing a tag of my Dad. He was 8 years old and it was his first day of school for that year. I love the clothes he's wearing and the little schoolbag in his hand. Perfect first day outfit!

Please join us at Tag Tuesday and link up a heritage tag of your own.

Alice in Wonderland

Hello! Today I am sharing a tray that I made using Alice in Wonderland images from Gecko Galz. I love the Wonderland characters and was able to use lots of my favorites in this project!

The images are from the "Go Ask Alice" and "Wonderland" collage sheets. The background papers are from the Wonderland paper pack. I used a Tim Holtz die to cut the large tea cups.

Next up is a card I made. I sized and fussy cut the white rabbit from the Wonderland set. He is standing on a tea cup sized and fussy cut. Both were pop dotted to the blue background paper which is called "Wonderland". That was attached to "Shanghi" paper from the Great Adventure paper pack and then put on a black card base. I added a clock and metal tea pot charm from my stash.

Finally, I have three tags I made. The tags were made with various Gecko Galz papers and images from the "Domestic Goddess" collage sheets.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

My Tag Tuesday Challenge - Things with Wings

Welcome to our 5th challenge at Tag Tuesday! I chose the theme "Things with Wings". Since we just made bird tags, let's say no birds this time. Lots of other things have wings, such as angels, insects, dragons, airplanes, Pegasus, fairies, flying monkeys (think Wizard of Oz!). You can even add wings to people, animals, hearts, or whatever you'd like!

Here are three tags I made. The first is done with Tim Holtz dies (globe & word) and an airplane sticker (Jolee's).

The second tag has a stenciled background with flowers & a German scrap sun. I added paper butterfly wings to a cabinet card girl and a Tim Holtz sticker with the words "with brave wings she flies".

The third tag has an inked, stamped and stenciled background. The dragonflies are cut from Stampin' Up dies.

I am offering a prize that includes 3 packages of assorted tags. Create a tag and link it up on the Tag Tuesday blog to be eligible for the prize drawing.

You have two weeks to join us in the "Things with Wings" challenge and have your name entered into the drawing. We are looking forward to your tags!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Birds & Nests

The newest theme at Tag Tuesday is "Birds & Nests". I do love to watch the birds at the feeders in our backyard. We get a large variety and I keep a birding journal to record what I see. Lots of woodpeckers come to the suet feeder, including two large pileated woodpeckers. Of course, the squirrels, bunnies and chipmunks browse among the dropped birdseed looking for a snack. It's loads of fun to see them all!

I made a few tags for this challenge. I hope that you will make a tag and join us at Tag Tuesday!

For my first tag, I used a sprayed tag and then added a doily, Gecko Galz bird which I fussy cut and some pink SU twine. I also used the word stickers "Fine feathers make fine birds". I die cut a pink tag reinforcement from the Tim Holtz tag die set.

For my second tag, I used a kraft tag as the base and covered it with Tim Holtz vellum. The die cut is from Tim Holtz, the yellow finch is from K&Company and I painted the egg. (I buy flat backed wooden eggs from the craft store, paint them blue and then speckle on brown paint.)

And now my third and final tag - it is made from a tag I covered with patterned paper, Gecko Galz image, bird sticker and a GG nest that I chalked.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Happy Spring!

Don't you love Spring? A season of new beginnings and time for one of my favorite holidays - Easter. I have a card to share with you today featuring the Easter Bunny. This wonderful image is from Gecko Galz.

To make the card, I used the bunny image from the Easter Wishes collage set and sized it in Photoshop. The red paper is "Shanghi" from the Great Adventure paper pack and the yellow crackle background paper is "Provance" from the Vanity Fair paper pack. I cut the red paper and image with my new Spellbinders label dies. Then I added flowers, a kraft bow and Tim Holtz word stickers.

I would also like to share a card I made for the Customer Challenge at Gecko Galz. The theme is Fairy Garden and you still have time to join in. (You can get all the details here). My card features an image from the Pretty Birds collage sheet. The background paper is "Hydrangea Dreams" from the Floral Symphony paper pack. The music paper is from the Love Potion #9 set.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Hats - another tag

Hi! I made a second hat tag for the challenge at Tag Tuesday and want to share it with you. This one features my cute great-nephew, Liam, when he was a baby. (He's in elementary school now!)

I used a frog tag from Basic Grey (oh how I miss that company!) and a party hat sticker from Jolee's. I also added other items from my stash.

You still have time to link up a hat tag at Tag Tuesday. Please join us and have a great week!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

New Challenges

It's time for new challenges at Tag Tuesday and Make My Monday. We hope you will join us and link up your projects!

Here is my tag for Tag Tuesday, where the theme is "Hats and Headgear". I used a tag that was sprayed and stenciled. I then added a small doily, a Gecko Galz image that I fussy cut and words.

If you link up a tag at TT your name will be put into a drawing for a beautiful collage sheet, courtesy of Lunagirl.

For Make My Monday, the challenge is to use at least three colors of the rainbow. I used red, blue and yellow to make a card with beachy elements. The shell is stamped and then fussy cut. The scalloped circle is die cut and then stamped with coral.

Have a great week!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Tag Tuesday & Make My Monday - new challenges

Hi, today I'd like to share a tag I made for Tag Tuesday. The theme for the next 2 weeks is "Spring Flowers". I covered a tag with paper from Moxxie. Then I stamped flowers (Stampin' Up) onto purple and light blue cardstock. I used the matching punch to cut out the flowers and pop dotted them to the tag. Next, I added some greenery, using a Tim Holtz die. Finally I tied some blue ribbon at the top.

It's a great theme and we hope you will make a tag and link it up at Tag Tuesday.

Next up is a card for Make My Monday. The theme is "Birds" and was chosen by me! We'd love to have you link up a project featuring birds, eggs, nests and/or feathers.

My card features a bird stamp by Stampin' Up. I used the SU markers to color directly onto the stamp. I stamped the image onto white cardstock and then cut it out with a scalloped oval die. I added a slightly larger red oval and the word hello (Sizzix) cut in blue.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Love tag

Hi and oops! I forgot to put the tag I made for Gecko Galz in my post yesterday. Anyway here it is.

The background paper on the tag is from the "Oh Cupid" mini paper pack. The blue doily is cut from the Tropical Flower paper (la isla bonita paper pack). The pink heart is cut from the Love Potion #9 paper pack. The couple is from Retro love story collage sheet. I added a wooden embellishment to the tag.

Have a great day!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Bluebird of Happiness

Hi, today I want to share some cards I made for Gecko Galz. First up are two cards made with images from the Bluebird of Happiness collage set. When I saw these two very regal bluebirds, I knew exactly what I wanted my cards to look like.

I used a white card base for each one, using a Martha Stewart corner punch on the bottom corners. The bluebirds were sized in Photoshop, fussy cut and then I added jewels to the crowns. I layered the birds onto a red heart doily and a scalloped heart which was die cut from the Love Potion #9 papers (paper #2). The heart die is by Spellbinders. Finally, I added the gold hearts from my stash.

I also have another card to share, featuring a cute little girl image from the Lovely Little Valentines collage sheet. I sized the image, fussy cut it and then layered it onto a bingo card from the Bits & Pieces collage set. The background is paper #6 from the Love Potion #9 set. Finally, I die cut a white heart (Spellbinders) and layered a smaller pink heart onto it. The card base is white.

Thanks for stopping by! Please don't forget about the Gecko Galz customer challenge for this month - Vintage Valentines. Use at least one GG product in your card to be entered for a prize. Get all the details on the Gecko Galz blog.