Friday, December 25, 2015

Gecko Galz 24 tags of Christmas

                     ~Merry Christmas to all~

On this Christmas day,I am delighted to share with you the last tag in the
 24 Tags of Christmas,Gecko Galz Challenge.

 I am also excited to announce that,I am part of the creative design team for the
 2016 term with Gecko Galz!
Hope to see you back here January 1,2016 for my first official post. 
Now on to my tag...

First thing to do is start with a clean working space!
(If you saw my last post,you understand this comment!)hehee
Start with a large manila tag, and adding color using watered down DecoArt acrylic paints and then set aside to dry.

Once paint is dried, stencil using embossing ink  and sprinkle with embossing powder.
Heat till set.
 Apply generous coat of Distress Crackle Paint over tag.
When crackle is close to dry, spritz with Starburst spray and mist with some water;moving tag around to allow color to seep in.
Speed the drying and crackling process with heat gun.
Next I chose my graphic which is from the
Gecko Galz Nature's Christmas Collage Set and then tore the edges and inked with Distress Stains

Stamp out Happy Holidays greeting on parchment and emboss.
Tear and ink edges.
Next the edges and corners were embossed with Frantage,allowing random flecks to adhere.
A strip of vintage edging was added using heavy glue.

Assemble the elements of the tag by using pop dots for dimension.
The Gecko Galz deer graphic was placed and the greeting added underneath. 
Small decorated twig pieces were tucked in and then finally a piece of vintage lace added for hanging.
Material List:
Gecko Galz Collage Set-Nature's Christmas
 DecoArt Americana Acrylics~
Spa Blue
Winter Blue
Dazzling Metallics~
Oyster Pearl
Lindy's Starburst Spray~
Sassy Sapphire
Lindy's Embossing Powder~
Morning Glory Azure
Frantage Embossing Powder~
Detail Capri
Distress Crackle Paint~
Clear Rock Candy
Distress Stains~
Iced Spruce
Broken China 
Salty Ocean
Tim Holtz~Flourish Stencil
Penny Black Stamp~Happy Holidays
E6000 Glue

Thank you so very much for taking time to visit today! Sending you all wishes for a blessed and joyous Christmas time! 
See you in 2016!
Hugs and love,
Jackie ")

Saturday, December 19, 2015

busy..busy...busy...the elves have taken over!!

 Seasons Greetings everyone!

Just a quick post here to let you know that I am still here,but the elves have moved in in preparation of our holidays!! Hence we have been baking and making and wrapping and packing and shipping off to final destinations! Phew! 
and we haven't even decorated as of yet!
So, just a few photos to share and I will be back again soon!
 Butterforms,Date Nut Drops, Santa's Snicker Surprises,Raspberry White Chocolate Bars,Peanut Butter Dreams,Peppermint Bars,Grandma Smelkoff's Snickerdoodles,Brownies Meltaways and 7 lbs of White Christmas
 Three boxes went to my kids in Washington-so happy they will be together,even if Mom can't be with there "(
 Chum is my "broken cookie" sampler!
 I'm thinking he likes that job!
The Neal grandsons are off to Florida for Christmas,so we loaded them up with juice boxes,fruit,activity books and of course, a ton of Grandma Jackie's(fresh baked)Christmas cookies!!

on to the making part...

Take note of the space I was working with when I started...
 do you see the progression of my craft?
at this point not enough room left to change my mind! lol
packed &shipped

and lastly I leave you with some photos of the beautiful snow we had for one day!

See you soon!!
Sending hugs and warm wishes,
Jackie ")

Friday, December 4, 2015

Guest Designer for StencilGirl Talk

Hello everyone~Today I am sharing my post from
 StencilGirl Products Blog~StencilGirl Talk
For those of you who are not familiar,StencilGirl Stencils are all designed by other artists
What a cool way to add admired artists artwork, into your own art!!
Please stop by the their blog and say hello as well!
My name is Jackie P Neal,and I am honored as well as Way excited to be a guest designer here on StencilGirl Talk!
For those of you who know me,you know how I love to up-cycle,recycle,reuse and give new life to"the less than desirable".
When I was asked to be a guest,of course I had to go check my stash aka hoard! Instead of something from my there,I remembered that I had wanted to re-do my art tote!
and so it began...
As you can see, my art traveling bag,needed help straight  from the beginning,when you get something at a good price, you don't always get it in your favorite colors!
Straightaway,cover the whole bag in white gesso.
Next,my place of attack was the front bottom section.
Using Maria McGuire's-Doodle It Bigger Stencil,I masked off two of my favorite squares.
  I stenciled these squares and then reversed the order and stenciled again.
  The white space that was left,I used a portion of 
Laurie Mika's-Pilgrimage To India Stencil
This stencil has four unique borders,which I cut into four pieces to make it easier for my stenciling needs.
As you can see here,the tote went through many colors before the end results
Next came the top portion. 
The Elephant Parade Stencil and Mask 
by Nathalie Kalbach was stenciled
 in the center of the bag.
  Then the stencil part was added using DecoArt Dazzling Metallics paints to make it stand out.
 Next I faintly stenciled,the Elephant Parade around the center elephant,as though parading across the bag.
Pilgrimage To India was used again,this time the paisley border,on both sides. 
On the bottom what I did was to use one portion of the Pilgrimage To India stencil,the border with the stars on it,on its edge...
Then flipped the stencil upside down...
and made the stencil appear to be connected into another design.
 For the sides,I thought I would be clever and insert this mat to give shape to the pocket for stenciling-note to oneself,stenciling works better without the mat. ")
Here I used the Elephant Parade mask and the paisley border stencil. What I did was to stencil some paisleys under the mask and then change the position and stencil again with this border all the way down the inside of the elephant mask.

   My finished Upcycled Art Supply tote-
  Have Art Supplies- Will Travel

Thank you so much StencilGirl, for inviting me and thank you readers for joining me here today! Hope to see you again soon! 
Jackie ")

Jackie P Neal is a self taught mixed media artist who lives in upstate New York,on their farmette,with her husband and Golden Retriever. 
Jackie gleans her inspiration from the nature that surrounds her as well as artists across the internet and around the world. Her favorites are texture and colors and she loves to try every and any technique.

You can find Jackie on her blog:
As well as on FaceBook
and feel free to join Jackie in her Google+ Community
Creating and Sharing Mixed Media Art   ~

All paints used on this project are  #DecoArt Products
DecoArt Fluid Acrylic Media Line
Primary Magenta
 Veridian Green Hue
Cobalt Teal Hue
Cobalt Turquoise Hue
Phthalo Turquoise
Dioxazine Purple 
Medium Grey Value 3
Ultramarine Blue
Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide
Quinacridone Burnt Orange 
Quinacridone Violet
Quinacridone Magenta 
 DecoArt Dazzling Metallics
Oyster Pearl
Champagne Gold
Peacock Pearl
Worn Penny 
Shimmering Silver

 Thank you all so much for waiting patiently-(smile) for the full post.  
I am delighted with the new look of my tote and thrilled to have been able to share it with you! Thank you so much for all of your lovely comments,likes,pluses,shares and support- you make my heart happy!!