Friday, November 3, 2017

Fairwell Halloween, Hello Santa!

Whooooo wouldn't love to be this woman? She is dreaming...or maybe the woman in the upper corner is dreaming...I'm not sure. All I know is that this was so much fun to do!

I used all Gecko Galz products. 

I also added a couple of lovely ladies from Sparkle and Shine.
I cropped all three images, and layered them, changing the opacity of the layers.

The background layer is one of the digital papers in the Time Flies ATC set. 

Erasing, coloring, enhancing...all digitally, created some cool effects.

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Glitter and Sparkle challenge 264
Angie's Digital Stamps Anything Goes, optional twist, holidays

November is here, and we are on to a new Customer Challenge...Santa Claus Lane. You can find all the details here.

Be sure to check out all the samples for this challenge...details on their blogs.

Have fun,

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Gecko Galz Beauty

There I was, awake in the middle of the night, thinking...

Bet you've been there.

I should really take notes when I come up with ideas in the dark.

I fell in love with this beauty from the, "Sparkle and Shine" collage set. by Gecko Galz. I thought about a hanging on a line, after being processed. 

Wallpaper, ripped on an old wall...I used the Autumn Colors Mini Paper Pack

and the Time Flies ATC set.  

The card base and, "wall"  were inked with Distress Oxide Ink in Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo, and Spiced Marmalade by Ranger (Tim Holtz). I used Distress Ink in Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo (very fitting, don't you think?) to ink all the torn edges of the, "wall paper", and a little on the photo.

A bit of wire and two tiny clothes pins from my stash display the photo. 

I decided to add some Glossy Accents (Ranger) to her eyes and lips. I think she looks eerie!

This large flower was lying around on my table, left over petals from another project.

You see, I repurpose lots of stuff...can hardly walk in my art studio. I created the flower from beer cans, usingTim Holtz Tattered Florals Bigz die. It was embossed and inked with alcohol inks by Ranger. A little alcohol sprayed on the surface gives a lovely mottled finish.

The entire card was finally sprayed with Shimmer Spritz, by Imagine Crafts.

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to come back to see more Gecko Galz creations.

Stay creative,

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

I am on the Team...Gecko Galz!

I thought perhaps someone might enjoy the crazy stuff I do, so when I saw that Gecko Galz was holding a Design Team Call, I said to myself, "I wonder if they would like my stuff...let's see..."

I sent them these samples. 

And they liked them! I am so excited to be able to use all the cool digital products Gecko Galz has to  offer.

So stay tuned, and expect to see some really amazing creations done with images, digital stamps, digital papers and more, all by Gecko Galz.

See ya,

Friday, December 2, 2016

Floating Along on the Friday Hop

Hello, and welcome to my studio...

Today, Rebecca Ednie has challenged out Design Team to make an

Interactive Card

I am using one of my favorite sets...
Using beautiful card stock from the Flourishes store and alcohol markers, I colored both images
(there is one inside).

I embossed the background with a snowflake embossing folder and layered it on designer paper.

I used a die from the Flourishes store, and used some Distress Stickles
to make little dots.

It's difficult to see, but I sprayed the snowflake background with
"frost" Shimmer Spritz by Imagine Crafts.

Inside the card, you will find the little pop-up boat.
I used the snowflake embossing folder again, and another Flourishes Die to make the little frame.

Be sure to stop at all the Designers' blogs and the Flourishes store.

Beverly Cole (me)

Enjoy the Journey,

Monday, November 28, 2016

Flourishes Hops with Imagine Crafts...Imagine That!

Happy Cyber Monday!
Welcome to my studio.

I am privileged to be included in the Imagine Crafts and Flourishes Hop!
I had so much fun experimenting with embossing powders and ink on this card.
First, I cut out a frame using Flourishes' Exclusive Classic Frames large die.
Using Delicata Pigment ink in Celestial Copper, I inked up Flourishes' Diamond Background stamp. I sprinkled half of the stamped image with Imagine Crafts' Verdigris Embossing Powder and half with Imagine Crafts' Clear Embossing Powder.

After melting the powders with my heat tool, I inked the edges of the frame with more of the copper ink, and embossed it with the clear powder.

Then I did something cool...I inked up the whole die cut
with a Brilliance Pearlescent Dew Drop Ink Pad in Beige. I heat embossed the die cut using the clear embossing powder again.

The flower image comes from the Winter Blooms stamp set by Flourishes.
The flowers are called, Paperwhites. I had never heard of them until Jan Marie asked me to illustrate this set. I researched and learned about them. Now they are one of my favorite winter flowers!

Winter Blooms

 The Paperwhites are colored with Dew Drop Pearlescent ink pads in Beige, Poppy and Crimson. I stamped the three colors on an acrylic block to create a sort of, "palette", then used my waterbrush to paint the flowers.

The sentiment is from the set entitled, Christmas Sentiments.

This set was fun to create...I even wrote a little poem for it!
 The sentiment is stamped with Brilliance Galaxy Gold ink, onto a die cut
from the same set mentioned above.

Hopefully you can see the Imagine Crafts' Shimmer Spritz Sparkle
I added to the entire surface of the card. It give it such a festive touch.
 I have another card done with Imagine Crafts and Flourishes...

You will find more info for this card HERE.
Here is the blog hop list for you to enjoy more creations made with Imagine Crafts products and Flourishes stamps, inks, papers and more.

Make sure to leave a comment on each designer’s blog
as we will be giving prizes away randomly from two of the designer’s blogs.
We have a 30% off all products sale going on in the store!  Code is cybermonday.   If you buy new stamps released since June, 2016 you will get an older one free!

Jennifer Vanderbeek -

Gloria Hayoung Lee -

Martha Lucia Gomez -

Enjoy the Journey,

Friday, November 25, 2016

Christmas Red

Hello, and welcome to my studio...

It is Friday, which means it's time for our Design Team Challenge Hop!

The beautiful Naomi Gong has challenged us to make our cards,

Red as Poppies

Here is the stamp set I used for my card.
Must Be Santa

Using beautiful card stock and designer paper from the Flourishes store, I layered some red patterns and brown card stock, then cut a frame using one of Flourishes' Exclusive Die sets. 
 I also cut out some cute images from one of the designer papers...too cute!

Next, I stamped Santa using Imagine Craft's Delicata Pigment ink in Dark Brown Shimmer. As this is a pigment ink, I was able to heat emboss it with some Imagine Crafts Clear Embossing Powder.

Santa is colored using Imagine Craft's Brilliance Pearlescent Dew Drop ink pads in Beige, Rust, Poppy and Crimson. I stamped some of the ink onto an acrylic block and used my waterbrush to apply the ink as a kind of "paint". Isn't he handsome?

 Then I had some fun with the sentiment. As you can see in the stamp set, the complete phrase on the stamp is, "Guess who's coming for cookies?" Since I only wanted to say, "Guess who's coming?" I masked the part of the stamp I didn't want with a Post-it note, inked the stamp, removed the mask, and stamped, "Guess who's coming". Then, I masked everything but the question mark and did the exact same masking, then added the ? to the end of the sentiment.

I promise you, it was easy...just remember to remove the mask before you stamp!

It's difficult to see, but I sprayed the entire card with
"sparkle" Shimmer Spritz by Imagine Crafts.

Finally, I added some baker's twine from my stash.

Be sure to stop at all the Designers' blogs and the Flourishes store.

Beverly Cole (me)

Enjoy the Journey,

Friday, November 18, 2016

My Turn to Host!

Hello and welcome to my studio.

I am so excited to be the Artist in Residence at the new Flourishes!
Every Friday our Senior Design Team is challenged by one of the designers on the team.

For today's blog hop, it's my turn!  I have challenged the team to use:

Non-traditional Colors

I have the great pleasure of using the Year of Flowers 3 set
I used Patriotic Colors instead of the usual Christmas red and green, and I threw in some striped in the pieced background to add to the "theme".

Today's card images were masked and stamped with Memento Ink.
I colored them with Prismacolor Premier Pencils, blending with a blending pen.

The sentiment is framed using one of Flourishes exclusive set of dies.

a few sequins and some gold Stickles, ribbon and I'm done!

Here is the blog hop list for you to enjoy more non-traditional colored creations:

Beverly Cole (me)
Tricia Traxler

Enjoy the Journey,