Thursday, 24 October 2019

Gecko Galz Tricks and Treats Blog Hop

Hello Everyone!

We want to welcome everyone to the

This is your eighth stop on our Tricks and Treats Blog Hop
We have 12 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 (found below my samples) 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 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 12 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 28th 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 24th of October and the 27th 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) 
Here are my samples using the free Colours of the Wind collage sheet:

1.  A set of framed pictures on stands:

I bought two wooden blocks from the craft store. I painted the inside black and the outside gold using Winsor & Newton Acrylic paints. The images were enlarged and cropped to fit the aperture. I printed two of each image so that the focal figure could be fussy cut, have the edges inked for definition and adhered (decoupage style) inside the frame. I had some die cut greyboard shapes that I cut apart to fit the top and bottom of the frame and I die cut some leaves from kraft card. I decided to heat emboss these with fine gold powder and glued them to the frame sides. I also bought some wooden craft spools and painted these gold and adhered them to the base of the frame to act as stands for the pictures.


2.  A decorated notebook:

My notebook was an ordinary paperback note book which I first covered with kraft card, making sure to sandwich a piece of ribbon between the original notebook and the kraft cover so that it could act as a closure. I chose some patterned paper from the Gypsy Market paper pack. I distressed the edges of the paper and the image and layered them onto the front cover adding some black mats. I spelled the word Journal with some alpha stickers and added a strip of daisy lace, popping a flat back pearl, which I coloured with Copic markers, into the centre of each. The words are from the Journal Toppers Kit. 

3.  A Boxed Mini Journal with coffee stained paper
My box is a large matchbox which contained Cooks Matches. I like to recycle and repurpose where I can! It also has a handy ready-made drawer.

I started by covering the outside of the matchbox with paper from the Solarium paper pack. I distressed the edges of the image and lightly inked them (and the box edges) with Vintage Photo. I added lace and cheesecloth beneath the image and finished off with a lace flower and pearl, a ribbon bow and words from the Journal Toppers kit.

Next I covered the drawer section of the matchbox with printed tissue paper and added a button and a brad to act as a drawer handle.
I made a tiny journal from coffee stained paper, hand stitching it to the kraft card cover. Lace, cheesecloth and pearls were added and then the distressed-edged image. The word 'secrets' is a Tim Holtz chit chat sticker.  Ribbon closes the journal.

4.  Christmas Shaker Card
This last project shows how you can take almost any image and make it into a Christmas card.

I chose to make a shaker card with this beautiful lady. I inked around the edges of the image with Peacock Feathers DO to add a little more colour. I die cut a frame from heavy teal card and made the shaker element with sequins. I found some beautiful silver card which I used for matting and also die cut a snowflake banner. I added gems to the centres of the snowflakes for a bit more sparkle. Finally I added a silver, die cut sentiment.

I hope you like what I made with the free collage sheet - it is very beautiful! I would LOVE to see what you make with it, so please tag me in on social media or, better still, join our Facebook Group and post your projects there. It is a very friendly community and you will be warmly welcomed! We also have four challenges each month with prizes.

And here is the FREE collage sheet for you to enjoy
(Right click on the image below to save)


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  1. How exciting is this Hop blog!
    The images you are giving are wonderful
    I participate with pleasure from Spain and I tell you that your work is spectacular, Carole.
    Best regards

  2. Thank you for the collage sheet. I love all the wonderful projects that you have created. They look like they would have taken a lot of time to create some of them. I wouldn't have picked that wasn't a christmas image if you hadn't made that comment. It looks wonderful on the christmas card.

  3. Hi Carole your makes are stunning. Those images are gorgeous. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  4. I knew your projects for this hop would be amazing - and I was right! These are all gorgeous, Carole! I so admire your talent! Thank you for the free collage sheet! Such a fun hop, thank you!

  5. Oooh - those projects are just divine ! What a beautiful sheet. THANK YOU x
    IKE xx

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  6. wow! every one of these projects is a showstopper! absolutely gorgeous!!! thank you for the image sheet, too. :)

  7. All the projects that you have created are beautiful Thank you for the collage sheet

  8. Ohh, my fav images so far, so colourfull and beautiful. And love the diversity of your art, so many different ways to use these images.

  9. Wow just WOW these are so stunning thank you for sharing!

  10. Omg Carole! Gorgeous! Thanks for the sheet. Cant wait to create!

  11. WOW these are all stunning projects in their own right!Love the beautiful little journal and the gorgeous images on the box lid and the last card-thenk you for the freebie sheet
    Carol x

  12. WOW!! So many amazing creations. These images are so colorful and beautiful, they really shine on your projects. I must say though the matchbox is totally amazing. I love it - it's just darling :) TFS!!

  13. Georgous creations.Thank you for the sheet.♥

  14. I'm such an admirer of your lovely work, Carole! Thanks for sharing, and thanks for the free digi sheet! Happy Halloween!

  15. Gorgeous projects, Carole! I love the beautiful framed pictures on the stands! Your work always inspires me! Thanks for the collage sheet! :o)

  16. Wow! Really eye catching designs. I am psyched and ready to craft. Thanks

  17. Carole, colors of the wind is a gorgeous sheet and your projects are most inspirational!

  18. I am not sure which project I love the best.. They are all fabulous.. Thanks for the collage sheet.

  19. I love, love, love your style and all your makes are fabulous! Not sure which is my favourite, too hard to choose but I love how you've turned one of the images into a perfect Christmas Card, thanks for the sheet x Amanda x

  20. Wow! So many great ideas! Love your projects.

  21. your creations are full of magic and enchantment! thanks for the free sheet! xo

  22. cAROLE! Looking at all of your gorgeous makes, I feel like a kid on Christmas morning - way overwhelmed by all the beauty. I think the shaker card is my fave. I need to man up and try to make one! Thanks for the collage sheet and tons of inspiration! xoxo

  23. A great variety of projects! These images seem very versatile! Thank you for sharing!

  24. Spec.Tac.U.Lar!!! Carole, you are my card-hero! Thank you for this lovely sheet, your amazing talent and all the work you are doing to make Gecko Galz the success it is! Hugs!

  25. Beautiful projects, Carole! I love the detail you add to them to make them so interesting.
    Hugs Monica

  26. Hey Carole, just got back from holidays and wow you sure rock these gorgeous frames, love the Gecko Gals imagez used too, so classy... great blog hop.xx

  27. Just found this blog hop . All of your makes are amazing . Such detailing has gone into each piece. The collage sheet is lovely. Hugs Mrs A.


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