Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Gecko Galz:Tricks and Treats Blog Hop

Hello Everyone!

We want to welcome you to the

This is your Twelfth stop on our Tricks and Treats Blog Hop
We have 18 AMAZING blogs for you to visit this weekend, each with some gorgeous projects created using the Gecko Galz collage sheets that we are giving you for FREE!  Each blog you visit will have another free Gecko Galz Collage sheet for you to download; the one here is

Also make sure you leave a message on each blog site you visit and on the last blog there will be a phrase that you will email to us to be entered in our drawing for a wonderful treat pack.  So sit back, relax, take your time and enjoy the hop!
We have FOUR amazing prizes up for grabs:
·        First is a Gecko Galz shopping spree for $100!
·        Second prize is a $75 Shopping spree with Gecko Galz.
·        Third prize is a $50 shopping spree!
·        And our Grand Prize is ONE FULL YEAR of Gecko Galz PRODUCTS!!! This includes the 6 new collage sheets each quarter, a new stamp set each quarter, 2 new paper packs each quarter, a ATC collection each quarter, and one jewel it collection!
 This is a $150 value! 

First of all, you will need to visit all 18 blogs and leave a comment on each blog :) **This is important so we know you have been to all the blogs **. Collect the phrase at the end of the hop on the Fripperies and Butterflies site there will be a link to email the phrase to Gecko Galz at
This enters you in the contest. On October 31st we will randomly draw the 4 winners and email each of you, then we will post the winning names on the Gecko Galz blog site.

For an extra chance to win make a purchase from the GECKO GALZ ETSY STORE between the 26th of October and the 30th of October and your name goes in again for a better chance of winning (each purchase you make that weekend gives you another chance to win) 

Gecko Galz
**** Carole Jones ***

I have some projects to show using the free Day Dreamers collage sheet images

 I printed the collage sheet as it comes - no size or colour alterations. I have to say that I found this a huge challenge as the images are a little 'Old Master' and not really my style. However, I hope you like what I made:

1. Lazy Hazy Days of Summer

This was the image that drew my attention, probably because it is one of the most colourful, but also, I feel, it has a more 'modern' look about it.

I cut the image and distressed the edges using a pair of scissors. I inked the edges in Memento Sand to eliminate any white card. I teamed the image with beautiful paper from the Spring Songs paper pack, this time sizing the paper (12 x 12 cm) to fit the blank card I was using. I distressed and inked the edges of the paper. I matted the image and background paper onto gold card and distressed the edges of that also.

Next I added some beautiful lace along the bottom edge of the background paper. I adhered the matted image, making sure to keep the background paper's flowers in view.
From a second piece of patterned paper, I fussy cut the larger flowers and the butterflies, and made sure to ink all the edges. I shaped the flowers using a moulding mat and a ball tool and glued them on top of the original paper to give some dimension. Green crystal gems were added to the larger flower centres. I added the butterflies by securing them down the centre only.


2. Golden Days

I made this thoughtful lady into a cameo-style card. I used an oval stitched die to cut the image out and matted it onto a scalloped circle of paper from the Courtly Love paper pack. Before glueing, I decided to add some gold paint, with my finger, along the edges of the image and the scallops. The background paper is from In Marble Halls and was dry embossed - again I added some gold paint along the edges and matted it onto black card. I added a strip of cream crochet lace along the bottom edge of the card and placed the scalloped circle on foam pads for some dimension.
I made some die cut paper flowers from the same paper as the scalloped circle. I carefully added gold paint along the edges of the petals, shaped them and glued them together. Golden Mini Prills were added to the flower centres. I arranged the flowers with black die-cut foliage and cream dried flowers and finished the decorations off with a hessian bow dipped in gold.

3. Snarky ladies

Mmm... what to do with these two reclining beauties?  I felt like they could be in the same room as they are both sat on green velvet chairs.
They reminded me so much of the cards you see with posh ladies making unexpected snide comments, so I thought I'd try to make something similar to bring a smile to the recipient's face.

Part of our brief for the Blog Hop was that we should make a Christmas card. I decided to make one of the reclining ladies into my Christmas card, simply by giving her a die-cut Christmas tree (with glossy sticker baubles and a star on top) and a Christmas foliage swag from the Christmas Dreams Kit. The papers are from the Victorian Christmas paper pack. I fussy cut around the sofa and cushions and made it look like she has wine-red flock wallpaper.

The other reclining lady has the same Victorian Christmas papers and a simple gold metallic trim edging to separate the two papers. Both cards have a gold textured mat beneath the patterned papers.
The speech bubbles were made on my laptop and printed. I decided to ink the speech bubble lightly with Vintage Photo to give it a more vintage look.


 4. Candle in the Wind

For my final project I used one of the images to decorate a vanilla scented candle.

I printed the image onto tissue paper, then carefully pulled the tissue paper apart along the edges of the image. I used decoupage paste to attach it to the candle and went over the top of the image with paste to secure it firmly and to make it appear part of the candle. I decided to add some crystal gems as decoration choosing chunky ones for the top and bottom and small ones for the sides. 

 I hope I've inspired you to make something with your free Gecko Galz collage sheet.
If you've read this, I'd love you to leave some feedback in the comments and, of course, I would welcome any new Followers!
If you are a follower or a new follower, please mention that in the comments as I have a little surprise to give away to one lucky person! 

Here is your free Gecko Galz 'Day Dreamers' collage sheet:

That's all from me for now!

I hope you'll join our Witching Hour challenge which runs until the 30th October - 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 $1 Wednesday 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 November with more Gecko Galz projects.

Here's all the info you need:

Thanks for stopping by today.
I'd really love some feedback :)      
I read and appreciate all your comments. 


Marjeta said...

So colorfull. Love it.

Jackie T said...

Oh wow Carole all your makes are stunning. They are just so beautiful. Have a great weekend. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Wendy said...

What a beautiful collage sheet. Carole, your design team samples are all gorgeous! The candle would make an excellent gift.

It'sMe said...

Carole great samples love the candle. Thank you for the Freebie.♥

crafty-stamper said...

Beautiful projects love the Autumn colours,beautiful images (thank you)and brilliant sentiments.

Sharon said...

Stunning creations as always Carole! Gorgeous collage sheet! Always love GG Blog Hops!

Leslie said...

Absolutely gorgeous samples - I love the bling! So very proud to be a part of this hop with you! And thanks for sharing this collage sheet - I'm super stoked to add it to my collection!
Love To Scrap 2

Edwina said...

Fabulous creations! I love your candle. Thank you for the sheet of images. Edwina Brown

Cathy F said...

Everything is gorgeous! I love that candle - so creative!

2amscrapper said...

So lovely! The cameo card is my fave.

Margy's Crafts said...

Your beautiful creations have a lovely ethereal feel to them - suiting the pictures perfectly! Thanks for the blog hop opportunity.

livinglifenc said...

Thank you for the collage sheet!

Sari / Granne said...

Stunning romantic vintage card and love love the candle. Thank you for the beautiful freebie.

Helen said...

Beautiful examples, so soft and pretty!! Thanks for sharing them and for the collage sheet!

Unknown said...

Oh My! These are deliciously vintage!

Amanda said...

Stunning makes, Golden Days is just so gorgeous, all the that detail, it must have taken ages. Absolutely stunning! thanks for the design sheet xx Amanda xx

Kelley said...

All are so pretty and dreamy! Happy to be blog hopping with everyone and what a treat to be able to add these lovely collage sheets to my Gecko Galz collection!

Unknown said...

What amazing designs thank you!

JoAnne said...

Lovely daydreamers! I adore Golden Days!

Michele said...

these are beautiful and romantic! the candle is amazing! thank you for the sheet! xo

Katie said...

Beautiful projects

yukionna said...

Beautifully executed works; I feel like walking into the scenes. Thanks for good descriptions also. Will keep an eye on you!

Joan said...

I do like everything you made - such exquisite work!!!

SmilynStef said...

What fun speech bubbles ... such a great way to feature those images.

Fikreta said...

these are so pretty!

KarinsArtScrap said...

beautiful and gorgeous projects Carole
Gr Karin

Rene said...

Love all your creations!!
The White Christmas one is my favourite ;)
Enjoying the Hop
Hugs, Rene (CTgirl)

Unknown said...

Beautiful samples, thanks for the collage sheet

Vivian Foo said...

Fantastic and stunning projects.

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Oh fun designs!!!!

Crafting With Jack said...

Great projects and love your quotes. Thank you for the collage sheet.

christi said...

great embellishments. love the touches on your projects.

Electra said...

You crack me up, Carole! One would never know these are not your style, your projects are really terrific! And thank you for sharing this collage sheet!

Arianna Barbara said...

Wow! Awesome projects!!! The candle is amazing!!!

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

Your cards and projects are so clever and I really love this collage sheet. You made me chuckle with your snarky sentiments. Thanks so much and happy halloween!

Sarah said...

This is one of my favorite collage sheets. Your sentiments are hilarious. Thanks for the collage sheet and the hop. I love looking at everyone's creations.