Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Gecko Galz: Dapper Men and Sassy Ladies


Hello!

Today it's my DT day at Gecko Galz

Before I get on with my projects, were you one of the lucky winners of the awesome shopping spree give aways for our 8th Birthday celebrations?
You can check here on the Gecko Galz blog and on individual DT blogs - mine is here.

For this month's DT projects I've made a pair of female cards and a pair of masculine cards. 

Here they are:





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Firstly, for the female cards I used one of my new favourite Gecko Galz collage sheets called Funky Card Toppers



I love the vintage images, the colour scheme and the slightly snarky comments. All of the images on this collage sheet are fabulous and would make a super little gift if wrapped in cellophane or placed in a box. I had plans to do this, but sadly time ran away ...



I teamed two of the images with teal coloured patterned paper from the First Class Passage paper pack and tangerine paper from the Smitten paper pack. I used layers and mats, with black inked edges, and added a side banner with hand made, die cut flowers and leaves.

Funky Card Toppers    First Class Passage    Smitten
       

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The masculine cards use two images from the Mad About Men collage sheet and they are teamed with patterned paper made by enlarging two ATCs from the Time Flies ATC set.
The first is a Dapper Flapper man to fit in with this month's challenge theme:



He has some gold sequin trim behind his image mat and a die cut, pierced, kraft banner, backed with black card, with Alpha Stickers to spell out 'Hello'.

My second masculine card has black and antique gold card as mats and layers and beneath the image is some black lacy trim. The die cut Happy Birthday was cut twice, once with black card and once with kraft card, so that two sentiments were made at the same time



Mad About Men    Time Flies ATC
      

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Earlier in the month I posted my customer challenge inspiration projects. There are photos below and if you want to know more you can see the details here.





That's all from me for now!

I hope you'll join our Dapper Flapper Challenge where the Winner will get 
$25 shopping spree 
at the Gecko Galz shop.



The only rule is that you must use at least one Gecko Galz product 
(this can be one of the freebies or, of course, you can buy at the Etsy store!) 
Also if you sign up for the Gecko Galz newsletter, you'll be able to claim a free collage sheet each month and get first claim on the weekly $1 deals!

Please pop over to the Gecko Galz blog to see the fabulous designs by the very talented DT.

We also have a Private Facebook Group where there are 4 monthly challenges, each with a collage sheet prize. Come and join us!

I'll be back on the 1st June with more Gecko Galz projects.

Here's all the info you need:

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Thanks for stopping by today.
xoxo


I'd like to play along in the following challenges: 

Sassy Ladies Cards
Dream Valley #202 Only Girls Allowed 25/05
Get Creative #80 AG 31/05
Crafty Cardmakers #234 Birthdays 02/06
Incy Wincy Embellishments 01/06
(Die Cut flowers and pearls)

Dapper Men Cards

I'd really love some feedback :)      
I read and appreciate all your comments. 

Monday, 20 May 2019

Vera Lane Studio: Lightning Bugs

Hello!

It's my DT day at Vera Lane Studio today and we have a new digi release. The digi set is called Lightning Bugs and there are 3 adorable digi images and a sentiment.

Here is my card:


I used the two lightning bug fairies and coloured them with Copic markers. They have some Crystal Stickles on their wings and in their flower centres. They are fussy cut and popped up on foam tape to give some dimension.

 


The background is made from blending inks - a mixture of Distress Inks (Mustard Seed and Peacock Feathers) and Memento inks (Pear  Tart and Teal Zeal). Water droplets were sprinkled over the inks to bleach out some of the colour and add some texture to the background. I added some text stamping in teal and some stars in Peacock Feathers. White paint spatters and drips of Glimmer Mist were also layered onto the background. The edges of the background are inked with Jet Black Ranger Archival ink. 
The wonderful sentiment was cut into sections, edged with black ink and glued directly onto the background.

I hope you'll come along and play on Vera Lane. 
It's such a friendly, fun place to be!

  

Thanks for stopping by today.
xoxo

I'd like to play along in these challenges:

Jo's Scrapshack #282 AG 24/05
Love 2 Create #5 AG 24/05
613 Avenue Create #221 AG 30/05
Corrosive Challenges #5 AG 30/05
Dragonfly Dreams May AG 30/05
Simply Create Too #149 AG 31/05
Crafting with an Attitude #51 AG 31/005
Lil Patch of Cafty Friends. #106 AG 01/06
Creative Fingers #164 AG 01/06
Crafters Castle 17 AG 01/06
Artistic Inspirations #215 AG 02/06
Path of Positivity #69 AG with Option of Admiration 03/06
World Wide Open DT Challenge #5 AG 12/06



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Thursday, 16 May 2019

Gecko Galz Give Away Winner

Hello!

 Gecko Galz is 8 years old today and we've had a huge birthday give away!

Be sure to check today's Gecko Galz blog post to see if you are one of the lucky 8 winners receiving a $50 spending spree!

Also this month there is a Buy One Get One Free offer on all Gecko Galz products!


The winner of my $25 Gecko Galz spending spree goes to .....

Christi Neal

Congratulations, Christi.
Select the items you would like from the Gecko Galz Etsy Shop to the value of $25, then email your list to Leanne at
geckogalz2019@gmail.com

xxx

Monday, 13 May 2019

Vera Lane Studio: Rainbow Girl Bookmark


Hello!

At the Vera Lane Studio Facebook Group our monthly swap is a bookmark swap with the theme 'Let's Hear It For the Girls'. 
Here is the bookmark I made:


I coloured one of the Rainbow Girls with Copics and added some white Posca paint pen highlights. I fussy cut around her leaving a narrow white border. I cut some 300 gsm smooth white card to 6.5cm x 15 cm and blended Peacock Feathers, Mustard Seed and Crushed Olive Distress Ink over the surface. Once I was happy with the blending, I splattered a few water droplets to bleach out some colour and add a little texture. I then used the same inks, and a little black ink, to add stamping around the edges. I added some torn washi tape to ground my Rainbow girl and glued her directly to the background.
I printed the Dr Seuss quote using the Vera Lane Studio Baby Powder Font. I then cut the sentiment into strips, inked the edges in black and glued them directly onto the background. The edges of the bookmark were inked with Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink and the bookmark was matted onto black card stock to make it a little sturdier. A hole was punched at the top of my bookmark and some hand-dyed seam binding threaded through.

Rainbow                     Baby Powder Font
   


I hope you'll come along and play on Vera Lane. 
It's such a friendly, fun place to be!

  

Thanks for stopping by today.
xoxo

I'd like to play along in these challenges:

Creative Fingers #163 AG 17/05
Di's Digi Designs Anything but a card 17/05
Crafty Catz #461 AG 17/05
Jo's Scrapshack #281 AG 17/05
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #105 18/05
A Gem Of A Challenge #9 AG 22/05
613 Avenue Create #221 AG 30/05
Corrosive Challenges #5 AG 30/05
Dragonfly Dreams May AG 30/05
Simply Create Too #149 AG 31/05



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Monday, 6 May 2019

Vera Lane Studio: Seated Fairy Tag


Hello!

For my Vera Lane Studio DT post today, I have a tag using one of the two new fairy digi sets released today.


This is Seated Fairy and she is one of three in the set. She is coloured with Copic markers and has Brusho Sprinkle It applied to her wings. She's popped up on foam pads onto the Distress Oxide background, with some narrow washi to ground her.
The sentiment is from the Goldilocks digi set, available on request.

I hope you'll come along and play on Vera Lane. 
It's such a friendly, fun place to be!

  

Thanks for stopping by today.
xoxo

I'd like to play along in these challenges:

Jo's Scrapshack #280 AG 10/05
Cards TV #88 AG 10/05
A Gem Of A Challenge #8 AG 11/05
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #105 AG 18/05
Dragonfly Dreams May AG 30/05
Angie's Digital Stamps #31 AG 31/05
Crafters Castle #18 AG 31/05



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Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Crafts Galore Encore: Spring Flower Hair


Hello!

May is one of my favourite months and it brings another Anything Goes challenge at Crafts Galore Encore

The sponsor this month is A Day For Daisies and they are offering the winner an $8 gift card, which will purchase two fabulous digi stamps.

Tammy, the owner of A Day For Daisies, kindly gave the DT images to work with and here is my project:


I used the image called Spring Flower Hair and was inspired by a card I saw, using the same image, on the ADFD blog by Kristina Dishon. I loved the floral paper, so searched my stash and this is my interpretation of Kristina's card.
I coloured the image with Copic markers and die cut it with a Sue Wilson stitched die. Leaving the die in place I blended Memento Desert Sand ink onto the image background. I added some Diamond Stickles to the centre of the daisies in her hair for a touch of sparkle. I matted the image onto a piece of textured black paper. 
I found the two pieces of co-ordinating papers in a pad. One was cut to 12 x 12 cm and the yellow one was cut with the largest Pierced Banner Die from Cheery Lynn. Both were matted onto black textured paper.
The image and mat were attached on foam tape for some dimension. Three Little Birdie mulberry flowers and three leaves were added to the corner of the image as a finishing touch.



Many thanks to Tammy at A Day For Daisies for generously sponsoring this challenge. We hope you'll pop over to the shop to see the many gorgeous stamps on sale.




Please pop over to Crafts Galore Encore to see the DTs wonderful designs. 


We'd love to see your creations.
Remember the challenge is always 'Anything Goes' and so you can create any type of project - it doesn't have to be a card.

Thanks for stopping by today!
xoxo

                                                                                                                                            
I'd like to play along in these challenges:

Cafters Cafe #218 Dies 14/05
Creatalicious #162 AG/Flowers 14/05
A Perfect Time To Craft #5 AG 27/05
Pearly Sparkles Challenge #40 Pink, Pearl, Sparkle 27/05
(Pink, Sparkle)
Morgans Art World #5 AG 27/05
Classic Design Team Challenge AG 28/05
Your Scrapbook Place May AG 28/05
Digi Doodle Studios #16 Sparkle or Shimmer 28/05
Love to Craft #34 AG 31/05
Ellibelle's Corner Feminine 31/05
Paper Funday #5 AG/For a Mother 31/05
The Crafty Addicts #60 AG 04/06

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I'd really love some feedback :)      
I read and appreciate all your comments. 

Gecko Galz: Dapper Flappers and a Giveaway


Hello!

I'm delighted to tell you that Gecko Galz is 8 years old this month and so we are having a huge birthday give away!

* Each of the Gecko Galz DT members will select one winner from their blog followers and/or commenters. 
* On the Gecko Galz blog, on the 15th May, there will be a give away of 8 prizes, each worth $50 in Etsy store vouchers. 
* On top of all these, there will be a Buy One Get One Free event at the Gecko Galz Etsy store until the 15th May.


How to win my $25 Gecko Galz gift voucher
In order to be in with a chance of winning my $25 prize, please leave me a comment saying "Happy 8th Birthday Gecko Galz" and consider becoming a follower. You do not need to have a blog, but if you do, please share the badge above and link it back to this page on my blog. 
The winner will be announced on my blog on the 15th May.

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Now on to my samples for inspiration for this month's Gecko Galz customer challenge. The challenge theme for May is Dapper Flappers - think about the 1920s, Jazz, The Great Gatsby, Charleston ...

I have 2 samples - a trio of ATCs and a card.

First the ATCs:



I love making ATCs - I think it's working on a small scale that I enjoy! 
I used three of the ATC backgrounds from the Dapper Nouveau ATC sheet as my background papers. I inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress ink. The Flappers are from the Fab Flappers Collage Sheet. I fussy cut them and inked the edges. I added some gold mesh trim to the backgrounds before attaching the ladies on foam tape for added dimension. I embellished with pearl trim, ribbon and craft feathers and also added Tim Holtz Chit Chat stickers. To finish the ATCs I matted them onto black card. Below are close up photos of each ATC:







Gecko Galz products used:
Dapper Nouveau ATCs            Fab Flappers
   



And now my card:



I love this image of the Flapper reclining on cushions and drinking wine. Look at her rosy cheeks - she's obviously having a good time! She is from a fabulous collage sheet called Funky Card Toppers and I shall be using more of these for my DT samples on the 22nd May. The background paper is from one of my favourite GG paper packs called First Class.
I printed the image three times and cut as shown below so that I could decoupage and make it 3 Dimensional.



The edges of the images were each inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and, using foam tape, they were stacked on top of each other. The 3D image was then matted onto black card. The background paper was matted onto black card also . Pearl trim was adhered along the left hand side and the image topper adhered to the background. 
The photo below shows the dimension a little more.



Gecko Galz products used:
Funky Card Toppers       First Class Paper Pack

     

That's all from me for now!

I hope you'll join our Dapper Flapper Challenge where the Winner will get 
$25 shopping spree 
at the Gecko Galz shop.



The only rule is that you must use at least one Gecko Galz product 
(this can be one of the freebies or, of course, you can buy at the Etsy store!) 
Also if you sign up for the Gecko Galz newsletter, you'll be able to claim a free collage sheet each month and get first claim on the weekly $1 deals!

Please pop over to the Gecko Galz blog to see the fabulous designs by the very talented DT.

We also have a Private Facebook Group where there are 4 monthly challenges, each with a collage sheet prize. Come and join us!

I'll be back on the 22nd with more Gecko Galz projects.

Here's all the info you need:

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Thanks for stopping by today.
xoxo


I'd like to play along in the following challenges: 

ATCs
Creative Moments #167 AG 05/05
Crafty Sentiments Lace or Ribbon 07/05
Crafty Creations #389 AG 07/05
Cardz4Galz #95 Ribbon or Lace 08/05
Cardz TV #88 AG 09/05
Crafting from the Heart #242 AG 12/05
A Bit More Time To Craft #91 AG 14/05
A Perfect Time To Craft #5 AG 27/05

Card
Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends #104 05/05
Moving Along With The Times #96 Floral 08/05
CRAFT Challenge #511 Distress IT 08/05
Aud Sentiments #226 Feminine + Sentiment 13/05
Creatilicious #162 AG/Option Flowers 14/05
Crafting by Designs May AG 25/05

I'd really love some feedback :)      
I read and appreciate all your comments.