Monday, 1 July 2019

* Gecko Galz: Midsummer's Dream


July is here and at Gecko Galz we have a new challenge. The theme for this month is Midsummer's Dreams and, as usual, there are many beautiful papers and Gecko Galz images to play with. 
I made two projects, the first is a notebook with a surreal image as the cover and the second one is a card with a dreamy fairy image.

My first project is an altered notebook:

The notebook is covered with Kraft card to make it a little sturdier. I measured the front cover, double it and cut the kraft card 0.5cm longer than that. This allowed space to fold the card around the spine. I used a scoreboard to score a 0.5cm section for the spine.
The front of the cover is decorated with Gecko Galz paper and a digital image. The paper is one of my favourites and is from the Gypsy Market paper pack. I distressed the edges and inked them with Vintage Photo. I die cut some antique gold paper with border dies and attached these under the paper.  
Isn't the image beautiful! It was FREE!!! Yes - free! Whenever you buy a Gecko Galz product from the Etsy shop, you get a free image - I got this one during the month of June when I bought one of the weekly $1 deal products. I distressed and inked the edges and added some Stickles Diamond glitter to the fishing the bubbles, and heat embossed the star crown with a Versamark pen and Gold powder 
I added some square metallic trim to diagonally opposite corners, some lace flower trim with a crystal gem added to the centre of each, and some alphabet stickers to spell out the word 'Notes'.
Some gorgeous, green organza ribbon was attached to the back of the kraft card, before I glued it to the notebook, to form the closure.


Gypsy Market

My second project is a card:

My background paper is called Island Breeze from the La Isla Bonita paper pack. I matched it with green paper from the Pixie Dust paper pack and dark blue paper from my stash. I saw a card sketch that appealed to me and made my own version of it using a Banner die. The image is from the Pixie Magic collage sheet. The beautiful fairy's wings were glittered.  I added some paper distressing, some tiny flat back pearls and an embroidered lace butterfly.

La Isla Bonita             Pixie Magic

That's all from me for now!

I hope you'll join our Midsummer's Dream 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:

Thanks for stopping by today.

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

Crafting from the Heart #246 AG 07/07
A Bit More Time to Craft #95 AG 14/07
A Perfect Time to Craft July AG 28/07
Joy of Sets TicTacToe July 28/07
Ribbon - Die Cut - Emboss
Brown Sugar #291 AG 30/07
Love to Craft #36 AG 31/07
A Place to Start July AG 31/07 DT Favourite 

Love to Scrap #123 AG 31/07
Crafters Castle July AG 31/07
*A Vintage Journey July Precious Metal 31/07

Fairy Card
Crafty Friends #113 Letter B 12/07
Butterfly and Blue
*Crafty Cardmakers #237 Dies/Punches 14/07
Creatalicious #166 AG 14/07
The Happy Craft Challenge July AG 31/07

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


  1. Gorgeous card Carole, love your notebook. Thanks for joining us in on the Anything goes Challenge at the Happy Craft Challenge Community

  2. Hello… Thanks for sharing your beautiful card and notebook with us. They are both so lovely and they fit perfectly with our ‘Things Beginning with ‘B’ theme… They will certainly brighten someone's day, beautiful gift! Please join us next time at Crafty Friends.
    Diane Louise
    [Team Leader for Crafty Friends Challenge Blog]

  3. Both projects are gorgeous and so well crafted! Very nicely done, indeed. Thanks so much for playing along with us at A Place to Start Challenge.
    Chana, Owner/Designer
    A Place To Start Challenge Blog
    613 Avenue Create Challenge Blog

  4. What a gorgeous project, thank you for joining us at Crafty Friends this time, xxxx

  5. Beautiful projects, Carole! I really love that notebook cover.
    Hugs Monica

  6. Carole: these projects are FABulous! Moxie Fab!!! The altered notebook is stunning! And the card is divine! Well done! Thanks for linking to APTS challenge month! Becca/DT

  7. A lovely card. thank you for joining in the Crafty Cardmakers challenge.

  8. Such a lovely notebook cover! Love the gold embossed crown, the daisy ribbon and the die cut trim. Thanks for participating in the #JOSTTT007 challenge this month!

  9. What great projects - such rich and beautiful colours - thanks for joining us at #JOSTTT007 - hope to see you next month

  10. Wow, these are stunning projects. So much texture and the gorgeous colours...thanks for joining in with #JOSTTT007 please come back and join in with our challenge in August too.

  11. Beautiful projects, they're like works of art with so much to see when you look more closely. Thank you for joining in with #josttt007, hope to see you back again for 008!

  12. Stunning projects - love, love, love the notebook! Thanks for joining us at #JOSTTT007

  13. Lovely projects! Thanks for joining us at JOSTTT!

  14. Oh I am in love!!!! So beautiful!

  15. Gorgeous projects! Thank you for joining us over at Brown Sugar Challenge! Hugs, Alina DT

  16. Wow - those papers really are full of Midsummer's magic. Beautiful panels, and the gleam of gold in the shadows is wonderful. Thanks so much for joining us on A Vintage Journey.
    Alison x

  17. I am in love with both of your cards, Fabulous!

  18. STUNNING !!!! Thank you for entering on our challenge.

  19. Lovely projects! Thank you for joining the Crafter’s Castle’s July Challenge! –Tasha ☺

  20. Beautiful projects - love them both.

    Thanks for sharing them with us at the Love to Scrap Challenge.

    Helen x

  21. Lovely cards!
    Thank you soo much for taking part in our "anything goes + optional 2 or more design papers” challenge over at Creatalicious & good luck in the draw.
    Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…

    (DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)

    (DT Crafty Friends)

    (DT The Sketchy Challenges)

    (DT Simply Create Too)

    PS: Sorry for the late comment, life had been very busy these past weeks…


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