Tuesday, 6 December 2022

Gecko Galz: December Christmas Image


 Hello

As soon as I saw the December Christmas Image on the Gecko Galz blog, I knew I wanted to make a card with it. This Santa image is gorgeous - so much beautiful detail, lots of cute creatures and glorious winter colours.

I decided to use the card sketch from the December Gecko Galz Facebook challenges, so all that I had to do was choose some background papers. I settled for the beautiful Starburst ATC papers and teamed them with silver glitter card from my stash.


I used the 'rough enough is good enough' technique for measuring. My paper trimmer blade is on it's last legs and chews the paper rather than slicing it - this is such a pain as I have to constantly trim bits off and the paper pieces just get smaller :)  However I managed to get the shapes and the mats for each layer and I chose three sparkly jelly button gems as my embellishment.
I love how this turned out. In real life it is so sparkly.


That's all for now!
I hope you'll join our December challenges where the winners will get a $25 shopping spree at the Gecko Galz shop.

Here's a list of the December Challenges:


Please pop over to the Gecko Galz blog to see the fabulous designs by the very talented DT and take part in our 24 tags of December event.

Therse are our December Facebook Group  challenges, each has a collage sheet prize. 
Do come and join us!


I'll be back on the 20th December with more Gecko Galz projects.

Here's all the info you need:
Current Gecko Galz Challenge : "Christmas Dreams"
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Thanks for stopping by today.
xoxo

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

Dream Valley Challenges #283 Lots of Layers 10/12
Pammies Inky Pinkies #2249 AG 11/12
Try It on Tuesday Winter Wonderland 12/12 ***
Peace on Earth Christmas Challenge #29 Anything Christmas 15/12
A Place to Start Dec AG?Happy Hols 30/12
Winter Wonderland Challenge AG Christmas 31/12
Christmas Kickstart Challenge #69 Christmassy 31/12

I'd really love some feedback :)      
I read and appreciate all your comments. 
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Monday, 5 December 2022

Path of Positivity: Peace on Earth

 

  Hello

Welcome to the December Path of Positivity Challenge.

Our challenge is always Anything Goes with an optional theme.

This month's option is to design a project that focuses on SHARING YOUR DREAMS FOR THE FUTURE.  

Honours and Prizes include:
  • $6 worth of images from Scribbles Designs, for a person chosen in a random draw based on all qualifying entrants.
  • A badge for the following honours: Top PickVoter's ChoiceMost InspirationalRandom WinnerDT Delight.

 I made a card using die cut elements to share my dreams for the future. The sentiment says it all - I want Peace on Earth.


I used a selection of Sizzix 
(Tim Holtz) dies to make my little robin scene. I coloured card with Distress Oxides before die cutting the wreath and foliage, but as the bird is a layered die, I cut this from white card then coloured it to make it into robin. I splattered water over it to bleach out some colour and give it a few speckles. 
The sentiment was die cut using the Tiny Alphabet (the first time I have used this and it was a massive learning circle). I ended up using sticky back film on white card before die cutting the letters. I placed them onto a black background for dramatic effect.


We would love to see your creations! 
Just make sure that your entry is positive, inspirational, motivational or encouraging in some way!
The link up is here: Challenge #107 Path of Positivity.

 

That's all for today! 
Many thanks to Scribbles Designs for sponsoring the challenge.


I'll be back with a another Path of Positivity project in a couple of weeks time.

Thanks for stopping by today!
xoxo
                                                                                                                                            
I'd like to play along in these challenges:

Cut It Up Challenge #266 Winter 15/12
Creative Fingers #244 AG 15/12
Crafty Calendar Dec AG 28/12
Crafting Happiness #137 Christmas 31/12
Dare2bArtzy Dec CAS 31/12
INTASS #148 Winter 31/12
613 Avenue Create Dec AG/Up in the Sky 31/01

I read and appreciate all your comments. 
xoxo

Vera Lane Studio: Holidee


 Hello

First of all, welcome to Janet K and Anke, my new followers. I am delighted to have you here.  :)

Today at Vera Lane Studio we have a new digi set release. It is the hilarious, cranky Miss Dee with her words of wisdom about the holiday season. The set is called HoliDEE.

I made a journal page:


Miss Dee's wonky smile might have something to do with what's decorating her tree :)
She has that look that says she'd rather be anywhere else on earth than visiting people.
I coloured the digis with Copics and fussy cut them. The background is a stamped, inky stencil with lots of white splatters and white embossing around the edges. I used the tiny 'joy' word stamp, from Janet's stamp, to stamp joy all over, along with the crosses from 'Background Noise'.
I set Miss Dee and her tree on some torn washi tape and one of the snarky sentiments from the set was cut into strips and adhered.



That's all for now.

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

  

Here's all the info you need:

AALL & Create carry Janet's clear stamp sets, stencils and Washi Tape. 
A list of stockists can be found here.

I'd like to play along in these challenges:

Pammies Inky Pinkies #2249 AG 11/12
A Place to Start Dec AG 30/12
Lets Create & Craft Challenge #190 AG/Inspired by a song 31/12 
Song: Lonely this Christmas :)


Thanks for stopping by today.

xoxo

Thursday, 1 December 2022

GDT for Critter Crazy Challenges: Merry & Bright

 

Hello

I am delighted to have been asked to be guest designer at Critter Crazy Challenges. 

The Critter Crazy challenges are always Anything Goes, but MUST feature a creature (furry, feathered, scaly or insect; real or mythical). The challenges run from the 1st to the 25th of each month and winners are announced on the last day of the month.

I decided to use a new-to-me stamp set, called Field Dayfrom Card-io Stamps to make a winter scene.


Card-io is a family run, small business in the UK. They have been around for a number of years, but are a new discovery for me. I went to a craft fair a few weeks ago and watched the owner of the company demonstrating these northern lights scenes. I was smitten straight away.

I stamped the twiggy branch to make the wreath, then stamped the Field Day images. Next I masked and inked the sky and snow. Glamour Dust glitter was applied to the snow and the branches and chunky embossing enamel applied to represent snow. I added a sentiment from a different stamp set and a black and white gingham bow.

I literally could spend all day making these lovely little scenes.

Thank you so much to Critter Crazy for featuring me as guest designer.


Many thanks for stopping by today!
xoxo
                                                                                                                                            
I'd like to play along in these challenges:

Creative Knockouts Winter Wonderland 07/12
Krafty Chicks Challenge #640 Stamp 07/12
The Sisterhood of Crafters Christmas or Winter 11/12 (3/3)
Try it on Tuesday #228 Winter Wonderland 13/12 
Moving Along with the Times #149 Christmas 30/12 (1/5)
NBUS #45 30/12

I read and appreciate all your comments. 
xoxo

Crafts Galore Encore: Winter Birds

  

Hello

 Today sees that start of a new challenge at Crafts Galore Encore

The theme is always 'Anything Goes' and you can enter up to 3 different projects.  The challenge runs all month until mid day (GMT) 30th December.

This month's challenge is kindly sponsored by Leanne Seed from Gecko Galz who is giving the random winner a $25 Gecko Galz Etsy Store spend.

Here is my project using a beautiful image from the Nature's Winter collage set and papers from the Christmas in Nature ATC set and Dear Santa ATC set. The sentiment is from the new Let it Snow Sentiments pack.


The winter bird image was matted onto papers from Dear Santa ATC set and popped on a background made from one of the resized ATCs from Christmas in Nature. I used dark red paper for matting. I die cut a sentiment from the Let It Snow sentiment set, inked around the edges in Vintage Photo and tucked it under the die cut, inky foliage. I dyed 3 polystyrene balls with alcohol ink to represent berries and added some crystal glitter.


Nature's Winter                      Christmas in Nature ATC  
 


Many thanks to Leanne from Gecko Galz for her generous prize for our random winner.


Please pop over to Crafts Galore Encore to see the DT's 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 and you can enter up to 3 times.

Thanks for stopping by today!
xoxo

                                                                
I'd like to play along in these challenges:

The Sisterhood of Crafters Christmas or Winter 11/12
Try it on Tuesday Winter Wonderland 13/12 
The Four Seasons Challenge Winter/mood board 25/12 (2/3)
Crafty Friends #162 Traditional Christmas Colours 30/12 (2/5)


Gecko Galz: Christmas Dreams and a Free Collage Sheet


 Hello

December is here and we have a new customer challenge at the Gecko Galz blog.  
The theme this month is Christmas Dreams.
We also have the 24 tags of Christmas, where each day leading up to Christmas Day we feature a different designer tag. Do pop over and take a look.

As always, we have the monthly Image Challenge, the monthly Christmas Image Challenge, the monthly Stamp Challenge, a Steampunk challenge and a Gothic Challenge on the blog, as well as 4 Facebook challenges. 
We hope you can find some time to join in the fun.

The winner of the Customer challenge will get a $25 Gecko Galz Etsy Store voucher and the runner up a $12 voucher. There are plenty of free Gecko Galz images if you don't already own any. Each blog post has a free image to collect and, if you sign up for the monthly newsletter, there is the chance to claim a free collage set each month.  Also if you make any purchase of $2 or more you receive a free image.

Here is one of the cards I made.
(the rest will be featured on my DT day, the 20th December.)


How beautiful is this image? It is from the 2022 January Kit Club called Sweet Love.
Simple matting and layering with patterned papers and some die cut foliage and a sparkly, die cut poinsettia. The Merry Christmas sentiment is a peel-off sticker sentiment - do you remember those?

 
Christamas Traditions                 Sweet Love
             


Free Collage Sheet ...
Leanne, the owner of Gecko Galz, has kindly made a collage sheet for me to give away to my blog followers. It couldn't be more perfect for me as it's a kitty cat Christmas collage sheet. Here it is - I hope you have fun and please share what you make:

 Some of the other Gecko Galz DT members have free collage sheets to give away, so pop over and grab your sheet from each of the ladies below and don't forget to leave them a nice message!
CAROLE JONES (you are here)

That's all for now!
I hope you'll join our Christmas Dreams challenge where the winner will get a $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 monthly $1 deals!

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

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


I'll be back on the 20th December with more Gecko Galz projects.

Here's all the info you need:
Current Gecko Galz Challenge : "Christmas Dreams"
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Thanks for stopping by today.
xoxo

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

Dream Valley Challenges #283 Lots of Layers 10/12
The Sisterhood of Crafters Christmas or Winter 11/12
Try it on Tuesday Winter Wonderland 13/12
The Four Seasons Challenge Winter/mood board 25/12 (1/3)
Crafty Friends #162 Traditional Christmas Colours 30/12 (1/5)

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