Saturday, July 07, 2012

Sugar Creek Hollow Week 19 Summer Days

Happy Saturday Friends!!
This week the Challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow is 
Summer Days!
So if you have some time, come and play along.  We ask that along with the "Summer Days" theme, that your creations have a Vintage or Shabby Chic style.
We all know that I LOVE LOVE LOVE Gecko Galz!!  This month's digital collage sheets were just perfect for this challenge!  I used a Gecko Galz Mermaid digi stamp (yep..I colored it in GIMP),  The Seashell Frame (free collage sheet for signing up to the Gecko Galz newsletter, you will find it under the bathing beauty in the yellow swimsuit, left side bar of website) and The Vintage Beach Seaside Beauties (collage sheet).  I collaged all my pieces in GIMP.  Then used Inkscape to create my cut lines.  I used my Black Cat Cougar to cut out my die cut.  
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I distressed all my edges, and inked them with Ranger's Vintage Photo.  I added some of my favorite embellishments from Pro 31 Designs.  
I have the Large and Small Ivory Mulberry Roses, Brown Blingy Bling Trim, ivory leaf trim and ivory pearl sprays. I also used some antique buttons from my stash!
I have the ivory drop bead pearl trim and golden rosette ribbon from Pro 31 Designs as well.  I used my Crop O dile to punch a whole in the front and back, and used some vintage seam binding from my win at Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge blog to tie my creation closed. 
I would just love to spend my Summer Days Collecting Sea Shells with my Girlfriends!!  Doesn't that sound fun??  Then play with paper in the evening :0).  Here you get a pretty good look at the Gecko Galz Seashell frame, and The Mermaid (lower left, painted in GIMP).  I added another seashell to the mermaids hand, it came from the upper right part of the frame, I just made it littler in GIMP.  I have tutorials on how to use GIMP, it is a free image manipulation program.  I will have a tutorial up on youtube next week, showing how I colored in the mermaid, and created my collage.  You will see that I used GIMP to remove the background and flip the image of the seaside beauties, so they would look like they were standing, instead of leaning up against a wall.  I just love how this turned out!
I hope that you find some time to come and play with us at Sugar Creek Hollow this week!  I look forward to seeing your creations!!  
Stop by Gecko Galz, Leanne is having a sale, Buy one Digital Stamp set, Get One free!!  Whoo Hooo!! How fabulous is that!!
I will be sharing my creation with 
Make it Monday

Here are two videos of how I colored the Mermaid image in GIMP.
Part One
Part Two
Thank you for visiting!!


  1. Kid oh I sure wish I had your computer skills! This is amazing! Looking forward to your toot on gimp (-;

  2. Wow! There's so much wonderful details Heather. I adore the vintage appeal here, and by the way what is the name of that cool font?

  3. Love this! The color is looking sunshiny! Really pretty! I love how you flipped the girls and stood them clever girl! :)

  4. Oh my this is amazing, love the line of bathing beauties. You sure are an expert on the computer.
    Yvonne x

  5. another stunning card Heather love all he extra bits you use to your fabbie image. I use gimp but have never coloured with it.....amazing work
    hugs and best wishes

  6. Heather, I love that frame and you did a fab job with the collage, can't wait to see your new tutorial.
    The buttons and that ribbon rosette are gorgeous on this.

  7. I saw this on is stunning. Love all the details. I too can think of nothing better than looking for shells :-)
    Jane x

  8. This is fabulous... stamped images and colouring gorgeous, and all your embellishments are delicious!
    Alison x

  9. Oh my...this is outstanding!! Every little bitty bit is just eye catching. I really love the abundance of texture and rich colors and yet it's very shabby chic and refined. It's a wonderful balance of all things beautiful. :)

    Thank you so much for taking the time to link up your talent and creative ideas with us at Make It Monday!

  10. Absolutely in love with your project! Thanks for sharing!
    I saw this on Make it Monday!
    These are my entries: #77, #163, #183, and #258 and would love it if you could visit.

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