Thursday, 1 October 2020

Gecko Galz: Happy Haunting



It's the month of October and here at Gecko Galz we are gearing up to the Tricks and Treats Blog Hop which starts on the 29th October. We will have lots of inspiration, free collage sheets and many chances to win prizes, so please come and join us.

This month the theme for the customer challenge is Happy Haunting. With this in mind I have made two cards. They are a little bit different, in that they are interactive and showcase how to make a simple pop-up card and a slightly more sophisticated peek-a-boo card. This is one of the four challenges in our Facebook group this month, where the winners will win Gecko Galz collage sheets.

Pop Up Card

So the front of the pop-up card is made in any way you like. Here I have fussy cut some images from Gecko Galz collage sheets and arranged them together on Gecko Galz digital paper, raising the figures on foam pads for dimension and grounding them with a torn strip of washi tape. The inside image pops up when you open the card:

In order to make the inside image pop up you just need to cut into the card like so:

Peek-a-boo Card

This type of card is a little more difficult to make, but only in that you need to measure and fold precisely. I found a wonderful video tutorial by Jennifer McQuire which clearly explains the process. 

Jennifer's video is here.

Jennifer used stamping to decorate her card, whereas we're more likely to use papers and cut-outs from Gecko Galz. Here is my card:

The owl in the aperture switches out to skeletons when you open the card. How cool is that!

I highly recommend that you watch Jennifer's video. She tells you the size to cut your card and where to score.
Below is my process using papers and collage images:

1. I cut the 3 pieces of black card and scored as directed by Jennifer. I added black papers on an orange mat to the outside of the card and the inside.
2. I used a 2 inch circle punch to cut the apertures, one in the front of the card and two in the middle section. You'll notice that my masking tape tore the black paper as I removed the die.
3. I added some Black Soot ink to the torn paper. Later I decided to cover it with die cur frames.
4. The back was glued to the middle section. The front section was lined up and the front aperture was used as guidance for gluing the image to the back section. This will be the image visible on the front of the card.
5.This is how the back and middle sections(reverse side) look now the image is adhered.
6. The front is now adhered to the middle section.
7. The flap attached to the front panel is placed behind the middle section.
8. Now when the card is opened, the flap appears in the aperture, so this is where the second image needs to be placed.
9. Lastly, I decorated the front of the card. You can see that I covered the torn paper part with die cut circle borders.

Below are some of the Gecko Galz products I used:

Day of the Dead        Freak Show ATC Set
Witchy Women     Haunted Ephemera

That's all for now!
I hope you'll join our Happy Haunting 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 with more Gecko Galz projects.

Here's all the info you need:
Thanks for stopping by today.

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

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

Monday, 28 September 2020

Vera Lane Studio: Hello Pumpkin



For my Vera Lane Studio DT post today I have created a Halloween card. I'm not really a big fan of Halloween, but I do like the creepy cute Vera Lane Studio characters.

I chose digi stamps from three of the Halloween sets, Hello Pumpkin, Go Batty and Full Moon.  I coloured the images with Copic markers and fussy cut them.  I made the background by blending Seedless Preserves, Carved Pumpkin and Ripe Persimmon Distress Oxide inks. 

I then placed the #113 Lotza Squares stencil over the background and spritzed with water to bleach out some colour. Next I stamped tone on tone with the #385 Scripted Squares stamp. I blended Black Soot around the edges and used Versafine Clair Nocturn to add #375 Reverse Squares and the script from #338 Background Noise. Black ink and white paint splatters were applied. A torn strip of polka dot washi was placed to ground the images.

Hello Pumpkin               Go Batty              Full Moon

All physical stamps and stencils from AALL & Create

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!


Thanks for stopping by today.


I'd like to play along in these challenges:

Crafting Happiness #68 AG 03/10
Pammies Inky Pinkies #2039 AG 04/10 no linky
A Gem of a Challenge #20 AG 06/10
All Fun Challenges #16 AG 10/10
INTAS #93 Autumn 11/10


Thursday, 24 September 2020

AALL & Create: Iris


For my AALL & Create guest DT spot this week I have made 3 cards.

I used the beautiful #333 Iris stamp along with one of the new hexagon stamps, #383 Scripted Hexagons, and the #112 Heapza Hexagons stencil and, of course,  some little peeps from stamps #354 and #360.

Here is my process:

1.  I sprayed Distress Oxide (Antique Linen and Speckled Egg) inks through the #112 Heapza Hexagonal stencil.
2. I used the back of the stencil to stamp the surplus ink on a second piece of card.
3. Stamping with #383 Scripted Hexagons in Scattered Straw and Speckled Egg.

4. Stamp the #333 Iris stamp in black (Nocturn).
5. Stamp the #333 Iris words in grey (Morning Mist) to create borders.
6. Smoosh Distress Oxides onto spare card and stamp iris flower heads and hexagons.

7. Trace some of the hexagons from Heapza Hexagons onto card and cut out.
8. Fussy cut the irises and hexagons.
9. Stamp little peeps from #354 and #360, colour with Copics and pencils and fussy cut.

The parts were assembled, the little people were grounded by some of the new AALL & Create washi tape - I chose #6 which has a selection of bold, inspiring words. The cards were matted onto black card and then onto blank white cards. 
Here are each of the cards:

I love the way the washi tape blends so easily into the background.

 This one uses the reverse of the inked stencil stamp the background, so no ink goes to waste.

I was going to throw this background away as I moved the block slightly when stamping the iris image and the writing is blurred. However, I carried on and by the time the little girl and her rabbit were adhered, it didn't look too bad.

Here are close ups:

 This one with the blue iris, I think, is my favourite out of the three:

#333 Iris Tracy Evans
#354 Bunny & Bunnies Janet Klein
#360 Wish Janet Klein
#383 Scripted Hexagons Bipasha BK
#112 Heapza Hexagons
Washi Tape:
#6 Autour de Mwa

To see the stamps, stencils and dies used, please visit 

You'll find lots of inspiration on the 

That's all for now.
Thanks for stopping by today.


I'd like to play along in these challenges:
Lets Craft and Create #163 AG 01/10
As You Like It Brights or Pastels 08/10
It all depends on the image, the occasion and my mood. Here I chose muted pastels in yellows and bluse as I wanted to create a dreamy, serene mood.


Monday, 21 September 2020

Path of Positivity: Strong and Beautiful


Happy Monday!
I hope you are staying safe and well.

Today is the midway point of a the Path of Positivity challenge.

This month the theme is Anything Goes with the optional twist of Family Ties.

Prizes this month include:
  • $12 gift certificate from Bugaboo Stamps our guest sponsor for this month, for a person chosen in a random draw based on all qualifying entrants. 
  • ONE image (value of $5 or less) from Scribbles Designs, for the post or project that the team deems most inspiring of the bunch based on all qualifying entrants.
  • One digital image from Creative Bug Digital SnapShots for each person chosen as a DT Delight.
So, our optional theme this month is Family Ties.  
Families are a very important part of our lives. This month create a project that shows one of your own family connections. 

Please remember in order to be eligible for the prizes your project must be positive, inspirational, motivational or encouraging in some way. 

I used an image from Bugaboo Stamps, our sponsor for this month, and quote from our ongoing sponsor, Scribbles Designs.

My card represents my family tie with my niece. 
She is a beautiful young woman, who is quite strong and fearless, despite having anxiety issues. She is happy to be true to herself, no matter what others may feel. 
She has the most amazing blue hair which fades to this beautiful turquoise. At her prom she wore a gorgeous red ball gown and that is how I have depicted her in this lovely Bugaboo Stamps image:

I used the Bugaboo Beauty digi stamp from Bugaboo Stamps with a sentiment, Strong, Fearless, Beautiful which is free from Scribbles. I coloured the image with Copics and fussy cut it. I made the background from a scrap of card used to brayer off excess Fresco Chalk paints. I added heat embossing in white and some stamping. I die cut the sentiment with a plain circle die to echo the heat embossed circles in the background. Both the image and sentiment were popped on foam tape to add dimension to the card.

Many thanks to Bugaboo Stamps, this month's guest sponsor,
and to Scribbles Designs as the ongoing sponsor of the challenge

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 #83 Path of Positivity.


That's all for today! 

I'll be back in two weeks with another Path of Positivity project
Thanks for stopping by today!

I'd like to play along in these challenges:
I'd really love some feedback :)      
I read and appreciate all your comments. 


Vera Lane Studio: Dog Mom


For my DT day at Vera Lane Studio I made this card with a brand new digi set release called Dog Mom.

I love the quirky mom and her puppy dog. I coloured them with Copic markers, fussy cut them and popped them onto the background.

The background was firstly heat embossed by dabbing Versamark through Janet's AALL & Create Dandelion stencil. Next I applied Distress Oxides directly onto the card from the pads. Water was spritzed over the whole background to blend the inks and start the oxidisation. When dry some water splatters were added to bleach out a little colour, them stamping with the Background Noise stamps was added. White, black and some brown splatters were scattered over the background and the mom and dog were grounded by washi tape. Some black stamping and inking around the edges finishes off the card. 

Dog Mom

 Background Noise #338      Dandelion Field #96   

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!


Thanks for stopping by today.


I'd like to play along in these challenges:
Lets Create and Craft #163 Best of Friends 30.09
Love to Craft Sept AG 30/09