Some GeckoGalz projects to share

The Valentines above are from the fabulous collage sheets from January 2012. The Christmas box below was a gift, and uses the Postal collage sheets from December 2011.  These are just a sampling of the great images and papers offered with new ones coming each and every month.  Working on some ideas for the beautiful products for February to share soon. (Didn’t fall off the face of the Earth. The family, all four of us, have some sort of angry respiratory bug that we’ve been fighting since the first of the year. Hoping this round of antibiotics kicks it to the curb!) Happy, healthy crafting all ;)! –P


Would you like a Charlie in the Box?

Would you Like a Charlie in the Box ? "Rudolph & The Island of Misfit Toys"

This week’s challenge at the Smudgy Antics blog is “Inspired by a Poem, Book or Movie”. I took my inspiration from “Rudolph and the Island of Misfit Toys” where we encountered a ‘jack in the box’ who no one wanted because he had the unfortunate first name of anything but Jack. I think it was Charlie, so mine is named Charlie. There was also a barking duck (or quacking dog, maybe, It’s been a while) and loads of other one of kind toys needing love from someone who could appreciate their “uniqueness”. This is an ornament in transition, as I have to find something to make him sturdy enough but I don’t like this format, BUT since he has glitter glue drying as I type, I have to wait to play with him again. He’s from Smeared Ink & was a rubber stamp set. Be sure to stop by the Smudgy Antics blog for more details on the challenge & prizes for playing along!!

Smeared Ink Day 2 of the 12 Days of Christmas and New Release

Ghost of Christmas Future--What if no one believed?

It’s day two of the Smeared Ink 12 Days of Christmas and the design team will be featuring some rockin’ new Christmas images from Smeared Ink!
My project uses the North Pole image, printed in triplicate. I used Distress Stickles in Red and green & translucent glitter from Studio G along with Polar White Flower Soft to accent the image. The background is from the Words & Music ATC backgrounds from GeckoGalz (November) collection. The skull and sign are layered twice, the hat 3 times. I hope you enjoy! I’m loving the comments from Day 1–Thank you SO much!!! Be sure to check out the Christmas blog list for more awesome Christmas goodies–most with Smeared Ink images and the Design Team blog list for features of the brand spanking new images!!! Enjoy, happy crafting and have a fabulous weekend!!

Smudgy Antics Weekly Challenge—Dear Heart

We have a Zombie Kind of Love


Here’s the Smeared Ink American Gothic Zombies again, sharing a little love treat. Be sure to check out the Smudgy Antics blog ( for this and all weekly challenges.  The background here is a Halloween night photo of a maple tree in my lawn.  I printed out the couple, colored them in and trimmed them out.  The heart is from an old anatomy book.  I resized it a bit but it was still too large so it’s been cut down too.

Hope you’ll create something featuring a “Dear Heart” and join in.  Just link back to the blog post & IF you include a Smeared Ink image, you may win a great Smeared Ink digi.

Also be sure to check back to the Smeared Ink  ( store for more fantastic images.  Digis deliver as soon as payment is verified so you’ll be ready to participate in the 12 Days of Christmas blog hop (sign up at

Happy Crafting!!!!

Gecko Galz Blog hop continues until Oct 31!

He seemed like the boy next door (The Expert Witness).

WHOA! So magnificent to see all the Gecko Galz love and it’s well deserved, not because of what I made (altho’ I’m soooo very glad you like it!!) but because of the awesome collage sheets, background papers, alphabets, stamps and the load of new ones issued each month!!! Gecko Galz rocks!! And I gotta tell you, I struggle each month to decide what to work with — I have tons of ideas to catch up to the possibilities.
So… If you looked early yesterday, you may have noticed there were a couple of delays in the blogs but we’ve updated those so you may want to check yesterday’s post to get it all in. There are 11, yes 11, in all FREE Gecko Galz collage sheets just for hopping along, plus the chance to win even more (deets on that in the previous post too.)
I was so pleased so many of you enjoyed my “expert witness” project. She is my fave—she hopped off the page at me when I received the sheet to work with and more or less demanded to be included LOL. She just looked to me like she had something of great import to say, loads of advice to share, and she was gonna give it to us, no matter what! I like her!!!
She’s shown displayed on an easel with creepy cloth behind. I began with the base frame from the Spooky Sentiments collection found here: I printed it onto cardstock, or you can purchase the printed pages directly from Gecko Galz at the same link. The sassy lass is printed on cardstock, cut out and mounted onto a bit of orange cardstock. The sentiment—I toyed with several ideas (“I only date vampires”; “Listen honey, …”) before, for some reason, she reminded me of those neighbors living near those who commit hideous crimes, who either find themselves with a microphone thrust in their face, or just canNOT resist all the media vans next door (“I thought we’d be kilt, or even worse!”). Soooo, I generated a speech bubble and played with fonts until I found one that suited me, resized it very tiny (this project is maybe 4″x5″), and printed it out. (BTW did you know that often those annoying Microsoft or other software updates include new fonts for your word processor? Just type your sentiment, highlight it and try anything that grabs your eye!) Unfortunately, I forgot to write down the font I used for this one. The speech bubble did not fit well without covering some of this lady’s sassy pose so I took a cue from art journalling, cut those into snippets and glued them in place with Elmer’s dual tip glue. (It helps to have a slightly skewed way of seeing things 😉 ).
Thanks for stopping by and all of the kind comments!! If you haven’t completed the hop, there’s images for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Gone with the Wind!!!, all sorts of goodies, right there FREE to you. Eleven full pages—be sure to check yesterday’s post if you didn’t find all eleven and gather those words to win by, too!

Gecko Galz Tricks and Treats Blog Hop

I am the eighth stop on your “hop” welcome to my blog! If you started here you might want to go back and start at the begining at the Gecko Galz blog so you wont miss anything!

We have ELEVEN 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 a free Gecko Galz Collage sheet for you to download. Mine is “MUCHA MAVENS“.  Please enjoy this free Gecko Galz ephemera sheet by clicking the name link!

Also make sure you collect all the secret words on each blog so at the end of the hop you can enter to win our wonderful treat. So sit back, relax, take your time and enjoy the hop!

We have FOUR amazing prizes up for grabs:
•First is one free digital collage set each month for an entire year, you get to pick the collage sheet you want each month and we send it off to you! This is a $24 value
•Second prize is a $35 shopping spree at the Gecko Galz website….you pick it and we send it!
•Third prize is our Gecko Galz treat bag full of Gecko Galz products, kits, and other amazing products! This is a $50 value
•And our Grand Prize ONE FULL YEAR of FREE DIGITAL COLLAGE COLLECTIONS!!! Gecko Galz puts out 5 digital collage sets each month and you will get all 5 sets for an entire year! This is a $120 value.

Read on to learn how you can win!

First of all, you will need to visit all ELEVEN blogs and leave a comment on each blog 🙂 **This is important so we know you have been to all the blogs **. Collect all eleven words and at the end of the blog on the Fripperies and Butterflies site there will be a link to the Gecko Galz website where you will email us the phrase the words make up. This enters you in the contest. On October 31st we will randomly draw the 4 winners and email each of you, then we will post the winning names on our website and 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). Finally, we are having one more give away! If you post our Gecko Galz blinkie on your blog or website you will be entered to win a Gecko Store Gift Certificate worth $25 – super easy right? Just post a link to your blog on the Gecko Galz Blog so we can come visit :).

My Secret Word is;


Here is the Blog Hop Rotation

Hazel Harler

Heather Hudson

Joan Lindle

Marcie Morgan

Misty Rose Cramer  Misty was unexpectedly unable to join us for the hop.  Her word is now included on Patty Provance’s blog and her collage sheet is included on the GeckoGalz blog

Patty Provance

Paula Akers (that’s me!)

Penny Walker

Sherri Levington

Starr Timmons

Leanne Seed

As well as the samples I have made using the images. Each day I will post a “how I did that!” post to feature one of the projects and, maybe, add another one or two using this fantastic ephemera sheet.

Here we go:

He seemed like the boy next door (The Expert Witness).

Layout--8x8 Autumn Haiku

Let's Dance the Monster Mash!

Unbearable Beauty

As always, your comments are more than welcome.  I know you’ll love the hope and the fabulous projects the hoppers have created.  If you have trouble with any of the links, please leave me a comment and I will try to get them fixed tonight and send you a message to let you know it’s fixed (or an alternative link).

Happy Hopping and happy crafting! Thanks for joining us! Paula A

Gecko Galz October DT Sample—sweet and simple

A true friend

Once again, GeckoGalz has some fabulous papers, collage sheets, digi stamps– all sorts of new fabulous goodies released, this time for the month of October. If you’re looking for some Halloween goodies, be sure to look in the September collage sheets :). I used an image from the Haute Couture collage sheets collection to make a simple birthday card. Things have been a bit hectic and emotional here the past few weeks so simple it is. I printed the image sheet with an inkjet printer, cut her out, layered her on black, then alternating layers in the purple family. I borrowed the sentiment and hand wrote it with a fineline pen from Staedtler. May go back and add some little flowers or a bow before I use it. This collection has lots of lovely ladies and fashions. There’s also a Wizard of Oz collection that I’m itching to use as well as some Trains & Planes. Words and music papers. Little darlings and animal crackers offer an abundance of cuteness. The Alphabet soup has some beautiful frames (again!!) and a tag alphabet. It’s all available for really reasonable prices, in print or digi format, just for you at GeckoGalz. I plan to be back with more goodies from these and previous collections this month. There are new collections at GeckoGalz each month with inspiration from a fantastic DT so check back often! Happy Crafting! P

Smeared Ink Weekly Challenge 9: Pick a Pumpkin or Two

Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater gets his....

You can see inspiration from the design team at Smudgy Antics. I started with a Glam Vamp (love her ‘tude), printed, colored & cut her out. The background is stamped with Ranger Vintage Photo Distress Ink and Stampscapes Oak Branch stamp. The pumpkin is a ribbon slide brad I received in a swap. It says, “Peter, Peter Pumpkin-eater had a wife and couldn’t keep her. He fixed for her a pumpkin shell. ‘I find it keeps HIM very well.’ ”
Not enough Halloween-ish goodness for you??? Check out the 31 Days of Halloween blog hop each day in October. Have fun!

Smeared Ink: Bone to Pick with you challenge

Undead Hotties Catfight brewing

It’s Monday again (I know, UGH!!) but that means a new challenge at the Smudgy Antics and this week, it’s Bone to Pick with you.  You can use the link to head on over to the blog and check out the wonderful inspiration pieces created by the design team.  Then pull out your favorite Smeared Ink stamp(s), rubber or digi, make something & link back to it on the blog (all the challenge details are listed in the blog post). You can win the Reaper digi, absolutely free, that I used in the Halloween Release blog hop on Friday.  NOW… Here’s how I made mine :).  Lindsay Weirich of Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff shared the Gothic Arch Template in the October 2011 Scrap and Stamp Arts magazine.  I photocopied that at original size on white cardstock, cut it out and traced it onto blue cardstock that I cut and adhered for stability.  BUT before I cut the blue cardstock, I flipped over onto the blank side and stamped with Ranger Distress inks Vintage photo and Broken China, and Archival Jet Black using a Stampscapes leafy branch stamp.  I used the distress ink tool to add Vintage Photo along the bottom of the arch to imply the ground/horizon.  Just a hint of white sketch pencil was added to the right edge of the main panel to imply moonlight.  All the digi images were printed on Georgia Pacific white cardstock with HP printers and ink.  All images were from the Glam Vamps Smeared Ink set, except for the Prissie Zombie (also Smeared Ink) down in front.  The Light Cross was printed as a contact page size, the Vampires were printed wallet size, and the Zombie was printed Passport (I think its 31×45 mm).  The cross was cut out and colored with the inks used on the back ground.  The images were colored with Staedtler Noris Colored pencils and Sargeant colored pencils for hair and complexions.  Each was carefully cut out with the Cutterbee scissors and adhered with Elmer’s gluestick or pop dots for dimension.  Aleene’s quick dry tacky glue was used to adhere decorative moss as well.

The sentiment was written using Staedtler 1/4″ stencil and 0.3 fineliner in black.  It reads “We have a BONE to pick with you SISTAH.  THIS is our turf!” (Since I’ve learned from Disney’s ‘My Babysitter is a Vampire’ that vampires are VERY territorial–and according to them, the pesky sunlight problem is readily solved by slapping on some awesome sunglasses ;). ) Have some fun with it!!

Hope that you will give this challenge a try and share your results.  Thanks for stopping by! Would love your feedback.  Happy Crafting and have a great week!!!

Smeared Ink: New Halloween Image Release

Close Encounter of the Worst Kind

Welcome to the New Release Hop from Smeared Ink! Even more fantastic digi images for the second half of the Halloween Release (prior images were released and featured in July). The release blog hop begins here: Today, I’m working with The Reaper from the Build A Graveyard Digi Set ( that’s now available and, as with all the great digis, it’s virtually instant gratification. Once payment is confirmed, you are immediately sent the files and can get crafty (or wait, if you have an unwanted visitor LOL)!.
I used a black cardstock card base, then added a background paper (I think it’s Amanda Blu–it was a scrap and is on the back of a collage page). The Reaper was printed wallet size, colored with colored and graphite pencils, then cut out, edged with black marker and attached to the card. The sentiment was computer generated in Word with Algerian (I think) font, printed, torn to deckle edge and edged with black marker, then mounted to black cardstock torn to deckle edge and added to the card. Be sure to check out the entire hop for lots more inspiration, especially if you’re considering the third annual 31 Days of Halloween challenge! Happy Crafting

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