Thursday, January 31, 2013

Kissing Booth Valentine Card

Here is a little Valentine I made using some images from Leanne's blog, Fripperies and Butterflies. I fell in love with the Kissing Booth Sign as well as the adorable couple. I am trying to use more layers in my cards, while still keeping it simple.


Kraft Cardstock - stash
Love Bingo Card - Gecko Galz
Music Heart - Gecko Galz
Kids Image - Fripperies and Butterflies Blog
Kissing Booth Sign - Fripperies and Butterflies Blog
Ruler sticker - Jenni Bowlin
Crochet lace and red ruffle ribbon - Really Reasonable Ribbon
Ink - Distress Ink Brushed Corduroy
Scalloped note paper - Making Memories

I am linking this to the following challenges:

Fripperies and Butterflies Valentine Challenge
Sugar Creek #46 - Lots of Layers
DL.ART Thankful Thursday Challenge #102 - Red or Pink
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes


Happy Scrappy Savings!


Monday, January 28, 2013

Winter Wonderland Coasters have ARRIVED!

What a wonderful surprise!  I received my swaps from the AlphaStamps Winter Wonderland coaster swap!  They are awesome!  I want to thank Karen Mallory, Theresa Goldman, and Diana Kelly for their beautiful work!  I can't wait to display them!

Theresa Goldman

Diana Kelly

Karen Mallory

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Art With Heart

A few days ago I visited a blog, Pixie Hill, one of my favorites, and found she was donating Valentine's Day cards for kids who are sick.  I loved the idea, so I visited the site, Inspiration Through Art, and thought this would be a great place to send all the ones I make as well as those that my daughter makes.  We always get those foam kits for her to use, she loves them.  We spent Saturday morning putting them together, which was quite a few.  Here are some pics of our morning, and yes, she is wearing Christmas pajamas!

My Valentine's were part of a kit, complete with adhesive, from American Crafts, because they spoke to my librarian heart. I just couldn't resist buying them.  There were simple to make, nice and colorful, so I thought they would be perfect for this cause as well.  I have others in mind as well, if I can get to them.  I have so many projects going on in my brain, it is hard to get them all finished!

They also need stamps, so if you aren't creative, send them some stamps to cover the cost of shipping.

Let me know if you participate in this worthy cause!

Happy Scrappy Savings!


Monday, January 21, 2013

The Sensual Tango Fringe Card

Here is another sample that I made from the January Gecko Galz products, along with the January swap at my Circle of Friends group.  The host for January, the wonderful Caroline (aka Glitter Tart), chose Romantic Fringed Cards as the theme. Here is my Art Deco take on this theme:


Dancer Image - Gecko Galz Love Me Do Collection
Orange Patterned Paper - My Mind's Eye
Cardstock for back - misc. from stash
Pink Fringe - unknown maker, from local fabric store
Gold Glitter Glue -  Studio G
Fruit Punch Glitter Glue from Stickles
Beads - thrift store
Perfect Pearls - Heirloom Gold, Perfect Bronze
Rhinestones - Studio G
Tinsel Holder Loop - from stash
Label - Tim Holtz Mini Labels Die
Postcard Stamp - Stampin' Up
Ink - Distress Ink Black Soot
Chipboard from stash


Happy Scrappy Savings!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Valentine's Day Cards at Gecko Galz

Today, at Gecko Galz, you will find a unique Valentine that I made as a member of their design team, along with the instructions on how to make it and a special product offer from the owner, Leanne.

This Valentine inspiration will continue every day between now and Valentine's Day. Be sure to check back daily as each day there will be a different Valentine created by another design team member along with a new product special. You can also see any Valentine's that have already been featured.

I have the Gecko Galz badge on my sidebar with a link to the site for your convenience. For today's post, the link to the Gecko Galz site is HERE.

Also, the viewers are being asked to vote for their favorite card at the end of this promotion. The Design Team member with the winning card will get $25 in Gecko Galz products!  So be sure to check out all of the cards and to vote for your favorite!

Here is the card that I made for Valentine's Day.  Check out the Gecko Galz site for details on how to create it and the supplies that were used!

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Black and Gold Heart - Gecko Galz Sample #2

I went ahead and did another sample for the Gecko Galz Design Team.  The owner gives us such wonderful images to use it is a shame to only create one item!

Also, this piece is for a February swap I am doing with my Circle of Friends group.  We do something every month and the theme for February is to decorate a heart.


Image of Dance Couple from Gecko Galz Love Me Do collection
Music Image for Rosette from Gecko Galz Musical Interlude Collection
Doily - Wilton
Black Paint - DecoArt
Black Glitter Paint - DecoArt
Gold Berry Branches - Ben Franklin Crafts
Buttons - misc from stash
Black Lace - Wright's
Font for text - Parishish from
Ink - Distress Ink in Black Soot
Gold Glitter Glue - Studio G
Dresden Foil from Alphastamps
Cardboard Heart cut by hand.

So, I decided to use some of the random bits of cardboard that are laying around and traced a heart onto it using the doily as my template.  I painted the template and the heart black.  I edged the heart with glitter glue to help hide the corrugated edge of the board. Then I spread a really thick amount of Aleene's Tacky Glue all over and placed the button mosiac into place.  These are shank buttons that I had to snip to get somewhat flat for gluing. While that dried, for 2 days from the amount of glue I used, I made a rosette out of a music image from Gecko Galz, and used my E6000 to glue it to a circle.  I usually have trouble getting the rosettes to stay glued but that stuff is awesome for keeping them in place! It dries fast too.  Then I used more of the glue to put on the button, after carefully adhering the Dresden Foil around the edge with Scor-Tape.  I then fussy cut out the couple, added some glitter paint to their outfits, printed out the words and adhered both with more of Aleene's.  Once all of that was dry, I flipped the piece over and glued the hanging lace and the branches using more E6000.  This can either hang or set in a stand.  I love it because it is so none traditional for Valentine's Day, and I have never worked with anything Art Deco.  This was a good stretch for my creativeness.

Now, I just need to make 5 more for my swap!! I hope there are enough buttons!  Good thing is that I have until February 28th to get it into the mail.  Check back later for another sample, which is also the January swap piece for Circle of Friends!

Happy Scrappy Savings!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

January Sample for Gecko Galz

I have officially started my term on the Gecko Galz Design Team!! Yea! The images this month were awesome, it was hard to choose from.  I have more samples coming, but this one I made as a late Christmas present for my Mother-in-Law, since she just moved in with us and is decorating her room.

Here is the supplies list:

Frame - Ross
Black Cardstock from stash
Gecko Galz Image from Between the Lines Collection
Foam dot adhesive
Photo corners from stash
Red Glitter Glue from Studio G
Red Ruffle Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon
Chipboard Fleur de Lis from stash
Tarnished Gold Perfect Pearls
Black Marker
Perfect Pearls Medium
Black Staz On Ink
Stampin' Up Alphabet
Vellum from stash

I loved the mannequins in this Gecko Galz image but needed the butterflies to be red, to match my mother-in-law's new bedroom in our house, so I covered them with glitter glue. While this was drying I discovered that the glass for this frame was glued in, so I slipped a piece of black cardstock in front of the glass, slipping it under the edges so it would stay. This is what I built my design onto. It can be removed from frame in the future if need be.

I fussy cut another short mannequin and used foam dots to raise it above the original image to give a 3D look, after I adhered the ribbon. Glue on the photo corners. Stamp with Staz On onto the vellum. Cut out and adhere. Cover fleur de lis with black ink. Dry. Rub Perfect Pearls Medium onto it and then sprinkle with Perfect Pearls powder, brushing off excess. Spray with a water mister to set the powder into place. Glue to the raised mannequin.

I hope you have enjoyed my first DT project!  Be sure to check out the other new images this month at Gecko Galz, and stop by my Gallery page to see more of my work!

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

AlphaStamps Winter Wonderland Swap

Well, I have participated in another AlphaStamps swap.  I sent my artwork out yesterday, and cannot wait to see what I get in return! 

Supplies I used:

4x4 Coasters - AlphaStamps
Pattern Paper (Red and Blue from Bo Bunny, Green from Autumn Leaves?? and Script from Graphic 45)
Doily - Wilton
Ribbons/Trims - Really Reasonable Ribbon
Snowflakes - Jesse James, MM, Dollar Tree, Wal-Mart
Glitter Glue - Studio G
Images of children - AlphaStamps
Dresden Foil - AlphaStamps
Let It Snow image - Gecko Galz
Window Stamp - Rubber Cafe
Woodgrain Stamp - Hero Arts
Leaves from stash (found at thrift store!)
Felt Flowers from stash
Grey trees - Target
Perfect Pearls
Ink - Stampin' Up and Distress Inks

Hope you enjoy them!

Happy Scrappy Savings!