Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Gecko Galz October Fun

Good morning everyone!  I'm a little late getting this blog post done, but I wanted to share with you some projects I made using Gecko Galz digital collage sheets.

 Since Halloween is at the end of the month, most of my projects had a Halloween theme.
I used an image from Boo-tiful Halloween.

Well, this one didn't, but I participated in a swap with a Circus theme.
I used this vintage image from Circus Circus.

Doesn't this look creepy?
I used an image from Jeepers Creepers.

If you like these images, check of the Gecko Galz Etsy store where there are tons and tons are awesome digital collage sheets.

Until later.................

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Gecko Galz September Fun

Good morning everyone!  I'm back this month to share some things I created for Gecko Galz.  They have the absolutely BEST collage sheets.

For my Autumn ATC, I used the leaves from Fall Into Nature and Autumn from Autumn Harvest.  I sprayed the background with LSG Rudolph's Red Nose & Canna Lily Burnt Orange, did a little stamping with a cheap border stamp, and then added all my images.

For my Smile art tile, I used clear gesso to seal the coaster, then sprayed with LSG Drop Dead Gorgeous Green.  I then used a splatter stamp and red ink, cut out an image from Her Beautiful Colors, and added a sticker from Prima and a metal flower basket.

For Be Free, I sprayed the ATC with LSG Frolic in the Black Forest and Frozen Jack Frost to get a gray background, stamped with LCD Flagstone stamp, and cut out an image from Sparkle and Shine.  I then added some flatback pearls and the saying.

Lastly, I created my Shine Brightly ATC by using black and red paint on a gel plate, cut out an image from Paper Moon, added some wooden stars I painted silver and a star pin, then finally the saying.

Check out Gecko Galz monthly challenge, Autumn Harvest, for a chance to win $25 in Gecko Galz collage sheet.  If you love the images, go to the Gecko Galz Etsy Store.

Until later..........


Monday, August 7, 2017

Say Cheese!

Good morning everyone.  Well, I'm back after a short absence.  Things were crazy getting moved back into our house and getting settled.  So here I am and I wanted to share with you something I made for this month's Challenge over on Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.

Don't you just love Happy Cat?  I hat the little sticker laying around and thought it fit.

This month's Challenge at LCPtoC is Stenciled Backgrounds.  Why don't you drop by the Portal and get your entry in?  You'll have a chance to win some LCD/CV rubber.  Just click HERE to jump over to their blog.

Until later......................


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Gecko Galz May Projects

Good morning everyone!  This is going to be a short post.  I just wanted to share with you some of the things I created for Gecko Galz this month.

Images from Country Charm

Image from Country Charm

Image from Country Charm

Image from Beauty Unbound

Sorry it's so short and sweet and I have no step-by-step instructions this month.  I'm dealing with health issues related to stress and with putting my house back together.  

Until later............................


Monday, May 1, 2017

Fly Play Sing ATC

It's a new month for challenges over at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.  The challenge is use faux or real stitching. Since I don't have a sewing machine, here is what I did:

I used the Fly, Play, and Sing clear stamps from Carmen's Veranda along with drawing in my own stitching.

Don't forget to visit Lost Coast Portal to Creativity and enter your art in the challenge.

Until later................


Jumbo Eggs

Good morning!  A new month brings a new challenge at Gecko Galz.  This month's challenge is Country Fresh.

I used one of the images from the Sunnybrook Farm collage sheet.

Until later...................


Friday, April 28, 2017

Forget Me Not - Lost Coast Designs

Good morning everyone. This time around I want to share with you how I created the Twinchie I made for the New Stamp Release that was over on the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.

I started out by painting a piece of 2x2 matboard black.  Once that was dry, I stamped the Heart from the Fish and Heart Set and colored it in with Primacolor pencils.  I added green metallic thread around the edges and found the sentiment in my stash.

Easy peasy and the black background really sets off the other colors.  You should see how the colors pop in person.

Stay tuned!  As always, there will be more next month from our talented group of designers.

Marilyn aka Tarnished Rose
LCD DT Leader.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Happy Place

It's Day 1 of the New Stamp Release event going on at the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.  Give them a visit and leave a comment over there for a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to Lost Coast Designs or Carmen's Veranda.

I worked with the new CV Crayons stamp & the new CV Clear stamp Happy Place.  I used the heated soft matte gel background technique from Keren Tamir to get the mottled and slightly crackled texture.

Man, does this bring back memories of afternoons spent coloring in coloring books.  Some of you may be like me and still color to this day.

Head on over to Lost Coast Portal to Creativity to see some of the great new releases.  I think you'll love them as much as I do.

Until later.................


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Beauty Mystery Magic

Last month, I showed all of you an ATC I had created for Lost Coast Portal to Creativity's Black & White Challenge.  Today I want to show you how I created it.  I admit, it's very easy and nothing complicated about it.

I started by stamping the NEW 5 Circles onto a piece of paper then cutting them out.  I them set them to the side.  Next, I stamped ATC Gothic Text onto the ATC and then added circles using a lid and white paint.  When that didn't show up too good, I switched to black paint and loved it.  I then took a paintbrush, dipped the bottom in black ink, and added dots around the circles.  Once the paint was dry, I added the 5 Circles I had cut out.  Finally, I stamped Beauty, Mystery, and Magic using Miscellaneous Words, cut them out, and centered them on the ATC.

Just goes to show what you can do with just two colors.

Until later.........................

Marilyn aka Tarnished Rose

Monday, April 10, 2017

Easter, Irish, Alice, and even a Bird for Gecko Galz

Good morning everyone!  Spring is in full swing and things are blooming (at least here).  With that in mind, I tried to keep things spring-y this month and also stay with our Customer Challenge theme of Alice's Tea Party.

So, let's get started:

I sprayed pink and yellow mist for my background and then stenciled on triangles using modeling paste I tinted green.  I cut out the image from Easter Wishes and added it to my ATC and then added a Chit Chat sticker to the top (I forgot to write detailed instructions).

I know St. Patrick's Day was last month but I couldn't resist using this image from the Luck O The Irish digital collage sheet.  Yes, once again, I forgot to write detailed instructions.

For this coaster, I used a Gina Marie Quilt die to create a background on the coaster, alterating pink and black paper.  I then cut out the image of Alice and the Butterflies from the Go Ask Alice collage sheet and arranged them in the center going off to the right.  I cute out "Alice" from the same sheet and added it to the top left.  I sealed everything with a couple of coats of matte varnish.

I used the Hat from the Mad Hatter Digital Stamp Set and a piece of paper from the Mad Tea Party Paper Pack.  I used "We're All Mad Here" from the Go Ask Alice digital collage sheet.

This lat once was a breeze.  I had this great piece of paper that match one of the images from the Blue Bird of Happiness collage sheet.  I first sprayed the paper with Lindy's T-Bird Turquoise and Sea Oats to help bring out the color of the paper.  I then fussy cut the image out and added it to the bottom of the card.  I finished up with Chit Chat words that I sprayed with the same Lindy's mists and outlined with a micron pen.

I hope you enjoyed these ATCs.  Don't forget Gecko Galz has tons of great collage sheets.

Until later.......................


Monday, April 3, 2017

New Challenge at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity

Good afternoon everyone!  I'm here to tell you about a new challenge over on Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.  This month's challenge is Favorite Background Technique.  Here's what I created for today's blog post:

If you would like a chance to win some great stamps from either Lost Coast Designs or Carmens Veranda click HERE.

Until later..........................


Saturday, April 1, 2017

Tea Time for Gecko Galz

Good evening everyone.  I'm a little behind today but I want to share the tag I created for Gecko Galz April Customer Challenge Alice's Tea Party.

I started by cutting out the images from Go Ask Alice and Whimsical Jewels digital collage sheets and then set them aside.  Next I stenciled the background using the TH Trellis & Doodle stencils together with Desert Sand Ink.  I followed that up with some random stamping using a text stamp and Stazon Timber Brown Ink.

I edged the tag with thin black tape and ran a purple ink pad around the edges.  I then arranged my images and added the fiber.

Thank you for joining me this evening.  The Customer Challenge runs all month at Gecko Galz and you could win a $25 Gecko Galz shopping spree!

Until later....................

Monday, March 27, 2017

Wanderlust ATC How To for Lost Coast Desingns

Hi everyone!  I wanted to share with you how I created the Wanderlust ATC for the Orient Enchantment event.

I started by spraying a piece of mixed media paper with LSG Hi Maintenance Magenta, Luscious Lime, & Sassy Sapphire.  I then stamped the two larger stamps from the Travel Stuff Set using Versamark ink and embossed with black EP.

I cut a section of the paper out to ATC size and edged with black ink.  Next, I stamped the hansa hand from the India Set and cut out.  I colored the hand with Prismacolor pencils.  Before adding the hand to the ATC I splattered the background with yellow and orange paint.

Finally, I stamped Wanderlust from the Travel Quotes Set onto a piece of cardstock then sprayed it with LSG Yellow Rose of Texas.

Until later.............................


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Journey ATC - How To

Good morning everyone!  I wanted to share with you how I created the Journey ATC I made for the Orient Enchantment event.

I started by spraying a piece of mixed media paper with LSG Canna Lily Burnt Orange, wiping it with a baby wipe to remove some of the color.  Once it was dry I stamped the map from the India set using sepia ink and then cut it to fit my ATC. 

I then stamped the Matsya from the India set on another piece of paper using teal ink and clear embossed.  I painted the details using Metallique Ancient Coin and then cut him out.

Lastly, I stamped the "All journeys" quote from the Travel Quotes set using Timber Brown Stazon ink onto a piece of cardstock I had colored with watered down LSG Canna Little Burnt Orange.  I then assembled everything, popping up my image and saying with pop dots.

That's all for today!
Until later........................

Thursday, March 23, 2017


Good morning everyone!  Well, they are winding up the Orient Enchantment event at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.  For the final day of the event I created quite a bright and cheerful ATC.

Don't forget to get your entry in so you have the chance to win some really awesome stamps.  Visit the Lost Cost Portal to Creativity HERE to add your project.

Until later..............................


Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Good morning everyone!  It's the 2nd day of the Orient Enchantment event over at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity.  I've gotten in on the fun and created the below ATC.

Just visit Day 1 of the event at Lost Coast Portal to Creativity to get your entry in and have the chance to win some really wonderful stamps!

Until later.....................


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Beauty, Mystery, Magic

Good afternoon everyone!  It's mid-way inspiration time over on the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity and I'm back with another ATC I created for the Black & White Challenge.

I used Miscellaneous Words, the NEW 5 Circles stamp set, and ATC Gothic Text.

Until later,


Friday, March 10, 2017

In the Garden for Gecko Galz

Good morning everyone!  I've been busy working but wanted to stop and share some things I created for Gecko Galz using their amazing collage sheets.

This one was created using the Pretty Birds Collage Sheet.  I trimmed it up and placed it on an ATC that I edged with blue ink.  I went over the image with several different colors of Stickles that closely matched the color of the image.  This gave it a raised design and lots of sparkle.  The "chirp" was added with stick-on letters.  It's a beautiful piece in person but hard to capture with a camera.

1) Sprinkle LSG Yodeling Yellow and Oktoberfest Orange magicals onto your card and spray with water.
2) Stencil the floral image using the Floral Mini layering stencil and Coloure Arte Orange Peel Vivid Metallic.  Outline the card with same.
3) Trim a fairy from the new Fairy Magic Collage Sheet along with some of the flowers.  Place your fairy on a die cut limb so it looks as if she's sitting on it.
4) Add the words using Chit Chat stickers.

1) Spray a blank coaster with Smooch Pralines and Cream and LSG Yellow Rosee of Texas & Canna Lily Burnt Orange, in that order. Dry
2) Stencil on your design with the Woodgrain layering stencil and any permanent black ink.
3) Cut out the image from the Art Nouveau Collage Sheet and adhere to the left of the coaster.
4) Using an alpha set (Lost Coast Designs Old Typewriter was used here), stamp Kitty onto a piece of cardstock that was colored with LSG Yellow Rose of Texas and Canna Lily Burnt Orange.  Trim up the letters and place the word down the right side of the coaster.
5) Add a line of black rhinestones between your image and your word.
6) Finish off with black ribbon around all the edges.  Seal with several coats of varnish if you wish to use it as a true coaster.  Gloss works best.

This ATC was created for a swap.  I used patterned paper for the background & die cuts I was provided with by my partner.  The image is from the Sea Nymphs Collage Sheet that I fussy cut out.  "Wanderlust" is from a Travel Quotes stamp set by Lost Coast Designs.

These and more fabulous collage sheets can be found online in the Gecko Galz Etsy store.