Friday 1 March 2019

* Gecko Galz: Bless This Nest


March is here and the early signs of spring are everywhere. I love this time of year when the earth wakens up and the light intensifies - there's always a feeling of joy and hope.

The theme at the Gecko Galz blog this month is 'Bless This Nest' and I think that is so fitting for this time of year. The challenge will run until March 29th and the only rule is that you should use at lease one Gecko Galz product.

I made two cards for the Customer Challenge inspiration. One is a vintage stamp that I coloured and the other uses a collage sheet and a frame kit to make a cameo card.

Here they are. First my cameo card:

For this card, I used an image from the new Lovely Little Birds collage sheet and one of the new Vintage Frames. I cut the frame to the size I wanted and inked around the edge with Vintage Photo ink, blending some Fossilised Amber Distress Ink onto the white card, especially into the corner areas. I matted the frame onto green and then yellow card. The Little Bird was mounted onto black card and the frame placed on top with foam tape to allow some natural shadowing.
Some baker's twine was wound around the bottom of the card and a die cut, inked sentiment was attached to the side.

And here's my vintage stamp card:

This card feature a beautiful vintage stamp from The Little Birds stamp set. There are 25 gorgeous images in the set altogether and I'll be using more for my next Gecko Galz post on the 22nd March. I die cut the image with a stitched rectangle die and coloured it with Copic markers. When I was happy with the colouring I placed the die back onto the image and blended Memento ink to add colour to the background. Once the die is removed it leaves a nice, neat white border. 
I decided to mat my image onto kraft card. I distressed the edges of the mat and inked them with Vintage Photo to give the edges more definition. I chose some design paper from my stash and inked the edges with VP. I matted that onto kraft card as well. Some jute string trim was attached along the left side of the paper and the mounted image was attached on foam tape. I added a sentiment from the Charming Words collage sheet which was also matted on distressed kraft card. Finally I found a wooden bird to add to the top left of my image.

Little Birds Stamps                  Charming Words


That's all from me for now!

I hope you'll join our Bless This Nest 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 $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 22nd 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: 

Cameo Card
Creative Knockouts #287 Lots of Layers 06/03
As You Like It One Layer or Many? 12/03
(Many - I love the dimension of layers)
A Bit More Time To Craft #87 AG 13/03
Alphabet Challenge Y for yarn/string/twine 14/03
The Happy Craft Challenge March AG 30/03 

Vintage Stamp Card
Penny's Challenges #419 05/03
Jo's Scrapshack #271 AG 08/03
Crafty Creations #385 AG 13/03
Cardz TV #84 AG 14/03
Love to Craft #32 AG 31/03

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


  1. Carole your cards are gorgoeus. I love them both. Have a great weekend. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  2. Absolutely beautiful creations Carole! Thanks so much for playing in our Alphabet Challenge! Good Luck and please come back next month!

    Alphabet Challenge DT
    DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please stop by for a visit.

  3. Your cameo card is stunning, with the colors and all of the layers. both cards are stunning. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful creation with us at Creative Knockouts Lot's of layers challenge.

    Good luck!
    Tamie DT

  4. Both beautiful cards but really love the first one
    Carol x

  5. Beautiful card! Thanks for joining us at Crafty Creations. Anna-Karin DT

  6. What beautiful cards. I especially like the vintage spring like feel of the first one. Thank you for entering the March "Love To Craft Challenge". DT Sam x


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