Saturday, November 22, 2014

May Your Christmas be Merry

Greetings!  Thank you for stopping by today!  My post today is for the latest challenge over at Inkspirational.  The theme, this time around, is to create a Christmas Card.  It is optional for you to create your project without red or green.  For an extra special twist, there is a prize up for grabs for one of the participants who creates their project with the optional twist thanks to Design Team members Kim and Sandie.  I hope you will stop by Inkspirational to see what the Design Team has created and then consider submitting a project of your own.  My card was created using Artistic Outpost images.  The card base was sprayed with Antique Linen Distress Spray Stain.  The stamped images were inked with Memento Ink in Rich Cocoa.  The rusty tree is from Retro Art Café and the chipboard numbers were a thank you gift from the Funkie Junkie Boutique.  Looking forward to seeing your creations.  Best,

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Let there be "Peace on Earth"

Greetings! A special thank you to my new followers! Today, I am sharing at tag for the latest challenge over at Fashionable Stamping Challenge where the theme is to create "A Christmas Tag."  I normally make 8 x 8 inch cards, so making tags is a bit uncomfortable for me but I gave it a go and was happy I did.  I began by stenciling a starry background using a stencil  be Red Lead Paperworks and Distress Spray Stains in Bronze Metallic.  All the stamped images are also by Red Lead.  The bronze stars are by Retro Art Café and the burlap string is by May Arts.  The edges of the tag and the wings of the angels were shined up with Stickles.  I hope that you will stop over to see what the rest of the Design Team has dreamed up for you and then give the challenge a go for a possible chance to win a gift voucher worth $20 from our generous sponsor, Flonzcraft.  Thank you for stopping by today! Hugs, Yvonne

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Shine Brightly

Greetings!  Back today with a new challenge over at Inkspirational!  This time, we are challenged to create a project around the word "Shine."  It is certainly a great time of year for shiny items, isn't it? I found myself going in many different directions and finally went in a direction that I never anticipated.  I recently printed out this beautiful Gecko Galz image.  I just am so drawn to a shiny moon and I love the deer on the ridge looking out over fresh snow.  I stenciled the card base with a star stencil and sentiment, both by Red Lead Paperworks, ink by Ranger Products.  At the bottom, I tore card stock to create a snowy blanket and added sparkle to the overall card with Rock Candy Distress Glitter.  The deer by Red Lead Paperworks and a seam binding bow from my stash complete my card.  I hope you will pop over to Inkspirational to see what the rest of the talented Design Team have come up with to inkspire you and then consider sharing one of your own creations with us!  Thanks, as always, for stopping by.  Hugs, Yvonne

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Up on the House Top!

Welcome!  Thank you for stopping by my blog today. It is hard to believe that two weeks have flown by and it is already time for another new challenge over at Fashionable Stamping Challenge!  The new challenge is to create a project with "Animals."  With Christmas only 54 days away, as I craft this post, I decided I would incorporate reindeer into my own piece, Rudolf to be exact!  All images, sentiments and embellishments are by Red Lead Paperworks.  The background paper and Distress Inks used are by Tim Holtz/Ranger Products.  I hope you will stop over to FSC and see all the inspirational pieces from the rest of the Design Team and then get busy and create and share a project of your own with us.  Remember, we are a stamping challenge, so stamping needs to be the focal point of your piece.  As always, our generous sponsor FlonzCraft will offer at $20 gift voucher to one lucky winner.  Thanks so much for leaving your encouraging comments.  I savor each one.  Hugs, Yvonne

Friday, October 31, 2014

Who She had Always Been

Thank you, as always, for stopping by my blog today!  I especially want to thank each of you who have encouraged me through your warm, heartfelt comments concerning this passage of life my husband and I are experiencing.  We were in the emergency room again all day yesterday, but so happy to be back home today!  My card above is for the new challenge for the Pink Team over at Eclectic Ellapu for November. Our challenge is to create a project using our favorite color scheme.  I hope you will pop on over and see what each of the design team members dreamed up to inspire you! Oh to pick my favorite color scheme!  I confess, I just could not do it.  My card above was created with soothing Vintage Photo Distress Ink and warming Worn Lipstick Distress Ink.  I love these colors together, but refuse to commit to them being my absolute favorite!  Speaking of favorites, this newly inked up image by Donna Downey for Unity Stamps is at the top of my list, as are the sentiments included with the stamp!  The stenciling was done with Tim Holtz Stencils and the butterfly clusters, which were stamped repeatedly, are by Hampton Arts.  The lace and bit of ribbon were laying on my work table and the buttons are from my stash.  We cannot wait to see what you create!  Thanks for stopping by! Hugs, Yvonne 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Blog Hop!

Hello Everyone! 

I want to welcome everyone to the 9th destination of
Gecko Galz 4th Annual Blog Hop

If you started here you might want to go back and start at the beginning at the Gecko Galz blog so you won’t miss anything!  

We have 21 AMAZING blogs for you to visit this weekend, each with some gorgeous projects created using the Gecko Galz collage images, that we are giving you for FREE! Each blog you visit will have another free Gecko Galz Collage sheet for you to down load, The one here is


Also make sure you collect all the “secret” words on each blog so at the end of the hop you can send in the phrase to enter our drawing for a wonderful treat.  So sit back, relax, take your time and enjoy the hop!

We have FOUR amazing prizes up for grabs:

·        First is the Kit Club for each month for an entire year. This is exclusive sets for club members which include a paper set, stamp set, and collage images in each set! That is 12 different sets! This is a $144 value!

·        Second prize is the monthly collage sets for an entire year! Each month you will receive all 4 sets absolutely FREE! This is a $96 value.

·        Third prize is all of the individual collage sheets each month for a year, this includes the jewel it sheets! This is a $90 value!

·        And our Grand Prize ONE FULL YEAR of Gecko Galz PRODUCTS!!! That will Kit Club Set, 4 individual collage sheets, Jewel it set and 4 collage sets each month for the entire year! This is a prize worth $330!

Read on to learn how you can win!

First of all, you will need to visit all 21 blogs and leave a comment on each blog :) **This is important so we know you have been to all the blogs **. Collect all 20 words (one on each blog site except the home site) and at the end of the blog on the Fripperies and Butterflies site there will be a link to email the phrase to Gecko Galz. This enters you in the contest. On November 3rd we will randomly draw the 4 winners and email each of you, then we will post the winning names on the Gecko Galz blog site. 

For an extra chance to win make a purchase from the Gecko Galz site and your name goes in again for a better chance of winning (each purchase you make that weekend gives you another chance to win) 
Your Secret Word is;

Please enjoy this free Gecko Galz Collage sheet

“Ode To The Muse”

 as well as the samples I have made using the images!
(Just click on the picture for link to full size sheet)
Here are my samples:


 If You missed checking out one of the blogs or want to go through them again here is the rotation

Here is the Blog Hop Rotation


Saturday, October 25, 2014

Happy Hootin' Halloween

Hello! Thanks for dropping by today!  Today, I am finally rejoining the rest of the Design Team over at Inkspirational for the delightful Photo Inkspiration Challenge below!  Aren't the owls just so fun and colorful? 
As I considered my stamp images, I remember this gorgeous image I purchased recently from Red Lead Paperworks.  I am not real big into Halloween, but do love to celebrate fall and love birds of all kinds.  I decided to do a sort of "Andy Warhol" style card by selecting a variety of shades of Archival Ink and just stamped away!  I added a bit of Mustard Seed Distress Ink to the eyes.  Some of the ink ran a bit, but I remember Tim Holtz saying he likes to let the color go out past the lines, so I guess it has to be okay!  The sentiment is also by Red Lead Paperworks and the candy corn buttons have been in my stash for years.  I love CAS but don't feel comfortable doing it.  My card probably needs something else, but I decided to just stop here.  Please check out the cool cards by the rest of the Design Team and then share one of your own creations with us! Thanks for stopping by!  Hugs, Yvonne