Steampunk and ArtChix style cards swap

at Craft Therapy Facebook group. (I did two sets).











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

DAY 6 I’ll remember this when you do the fireworks for Independence Day!!

VERY funny guys!!

Thinking this card may get reworked into a wall hanging/decoration. I stamped the Lil Grumpie from the Holidays collection, cut & colored him in his predicament & placed the presents around him. He’ll go great with the Smeared Ink presents from the new release too (but someone went shopping yesterday and needs to print the presents for next time.) Be sure to visit the rest of the hoppers in the list at right, leave them some love & the hop will be back on Tuesday. There’s a new Smudgy Antics challenge going up on Monday too. Enjoy!

Day 3 of Smeared Ink’s 12 Days of Christmas Blog hop

Merry Christmas Card

A clean and simple Christmas card today. The main image (tree) is a Recollections stamp. The sentiment is from a set, probably Inkadinkado but I’ve misplaced the packaging ;). Stamped with Jet Black Stazon ink on cream cardstock. (The picture isn’t the best but we’re gearing up for a bit of rain and I can’t catch the light better right now.  I’m going to have to move the Ottlite to the picture area!!).
I hope you’ve been visiting each of the blogs!! THere’s a blog list just to the right here –> under the 12 Days of Christmas banner. Not sure if Kymberly and one other have had a chance to update their blogs yet but the others are creating awesomeness all around!! It’s another Smeared Ink feature day on Wed. but hope to get some other Christmas goodies up for you later too. Thanks for stopping by!!!

Welcome to the 12 Days of Christmas blog hop at Smeared Ink!!

My Day 1 entry is a simple little card using Studio G stamps in the Rudolph line. Hope you like it! Trying to decide if it will remain a card that someone might send to a certain younger someone who loves to get mail or might transform into a gift bag upgrade (or both). Be sure to follow the links at right under the Jolly Blogger banner to check out the fantastic work by the other hoppers. Leave lovely comments for a chance to win big at the end!! Day 2 will be Saturday with some fantastic images from the Smeared Ink collection, including the debut of some brand spanking new ones from the design team!! YAY!!!
Happy Crafting!
PS: Check back soon for new stuff from me from the Gecko Galz new release and more Smeared Ink goodies plus some swap creations. Gotta get my camera whirring and the computer hopping very soon to catch up!!!

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

Fight Like a Girl Blog Hop

Fight Like a Girl!!

Be sure to check out the fabulous creations by the other bloggers. You can start at:  It’s running Oct 10- Oct. 16 and, if you comment along the hop, you have the chance to win prizes.  The deets are in Jens post. This is my first creation in honor of the hop, using a free image that Jen posted last Friday.  I hope I get to create with her again soon.

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: 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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