Thursday, 29 October 2020

Gecko Galz BLOG HOP

Hello Everyone!

We want to welcome everyone to the
Gecko Galz 10th Annual Blog Hop

This is our Tricks and Treats Blog Hop!
We have 15 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
"Natures Beauty".

You can find it at the bottom of this post.

Here are the projects that I made. 
Please scroll down to see each one in more detail.

Also make sure you leave a message on each blog site you visit, and follow that design team member if you do not already 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 FIVE 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!
Fourth prize is a $25 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, 3 new Craft Kits each quarter, 3 ATC collections, A Sentiment pack each quarter, and one jewel it collection!
 This is a $264 value!

First of all, you will need to visit all 15 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 in our Newsletter on November 1st.

For an extra chance to win make a purchase from the GECKO GALZ ETSY STORE between the 29th of October and the 31st 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) 

I love having time to use just one collage sheet. It is quite amazing how many projects you can make! The Nature's Beauty collage sheet is beautiful - lovely images of creatures and birds on gorgeous natural backgrounds. 

My first project 
is a set of 6 cards and a box to pop them into, so that they can be given as a gift.
Here are the cards:

I used the Tattered Dutchess ATC Set for my background papers. 
The ATCs (and most images) can be resized. I take the easy option which is to screenshot the individual ATC, drag it into a Presentation Program (I use 'Open Office' which is free) and resize from there. Sometimes, if you over stretch the images, the definition will go. In this case you need to use PhotoShop or Gimp (free download) or some other similar program.
The free collage sheet was printed out at normal size and the individual images cut out to use as toppers.  I decided to make the turtle and stork larger so that they complimented the rest. Each image was distressed with scissors along the edges and mounted onto kraft card that was also distressed and inked with Vintage Photo. I added a strip of recycled corrugated cardboard from packaging across each card background and popped the topper on foam tape just to one side of the centre.
To finish each card I added some strips of tiny gems.

Here is the box I made to put the cards into:

I decorated it to match the cards.

My second project 
is a decorated gift box with a key fob and a brooch tucked inside.

I used a box bought from a craft store and decorated the top and sides. The butterfly image in the free collage sheet is truly beautiful and I used it as the focal point for all my projects here. The paper I used is from First Class ATC Collection.
I added some hessian trim around the image and paper and some tiny gems around the image. The side of the lid of the box was decorated with natural 'flower' trim and a tiny gem placed in the centre of each flower. 
 The key fob and brooch are wooden shapes. The images were adhered with Matt Medium and the edges filed so that the image blends into the substrate. A coat of Matt Medium was applied over the top to add some protection.

My third project
 is an altered notebook:

I always need notebooks - if I don't write things down, I forget them!  I bought quite a few of these spiral bound notebooks with plain kraft covers at a discount store and they are brilliant for altering.
Once more I used Tattered Dutchess ATC Set as my background paper and die cut a frame from kraft card to go around the bird's nest image. Some alpha stickers spell out the word 'notes' and some gold coloured trim was adhered.

My fourth and final project 
is a Christmas note card and a Christmas tag.

Our brief for the blog hop was to make at least one Christmas themed project. Now this was a challenge with the collage set I received :)
For the Christmas tag, one of the bird images was fussy cut and recoloured with Inktense watercolour pencils. I made the bird into a robin (sort of!) and popped him on a tag from the Christmas Tag Kit. I gave him a holly decorated nest from the Christmas Haberdashery collage set and some gold trim. Eyelash trim was used to thread through the tag top.

The toadstool image that I used on the card was modified by adding two gnomes from the Gnome for the Holiday collage set. I added this to Tattered Dutchess paper matted onto kraft paper and added a red polka dot ribbon. 

Here is my free Nature's Beauty collage sheet.
Enjoy using it and please share your projects in our Facebook Group.
(Click Right on the image below to save)

Other Gecko Galz Products I used:

Now have fun visiting each Blog:

Zowie Dixon
>>> Carole Jones <<<

That's all for now!
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. 


  1. Hi Carole all your makes are stunning. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  2. The images you have used are delicious and your cards have won me over ... what a beauty, Carole!
    Hugs from Spain

  3. Carole, how nice to see you. I love your works. The images are wonderful. Hugs Danka

  4. Carole, your projects are just fabulous!!
    Love the sheet!

  5. Gorgeous creations Carole! Im in love with the gift box withthe wonderful matching items inside! Thanks so much for the collage sheet! ❤️

  6. Carole, you embody creativity at its best. Just love your creations! I am blessed to have you on my team, too! Thanks for sharing everything.

  7. Oh My! What fabulous projects! The box is my favourite. Chrisx

  8. Oh wow! Such beautiful creations Carole, love these! Hugs, Zowie xx

  9. These are lovely images and your cards are gorgeous. What a lovely gift the box full of them would be! Thank you for sharing.

  10. the set is adorable. i love the fob and broach too. so clever. thanks

  11. So much eye candy to 👀 at - beautiful job!

  12. Everything that you have made is amazing. The beautiful images have been so nicely arranged on each project and the kraft card looks so lovely against the pattern paper. I am always inspired by everything that you create

  13. As always, beautiful work! Love it Carole.

  14. Wow...awesome variety of design team samples. My favorite is the gift box with trinkets. I always enjoy your artwork. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Ohh, you have created so many beautiful pieces using these gorgeous images that it's pure joy to came here and see.

  16. Wow Carole, I'm overwhelmed by all the beautiful creations! Thanks for the inspiration and the sheet, XXO

  17. Wow, Carole, you made so many gorgeosu items! Anyone would be thrilled to receive the box of notecards - I love the cards and the gorgeous altered box! The altered notebook looks amazing and so does the Christmas set! You have been very busy, my friend! Thank you for this blog hop and for the awesome collage sheet!

  18. Gorgeous creations!! Thanks for the inspiration.

  19. love all your creations so pretty and thank you for the lovely images

  20. Great work as always Carole, love the gnomes. Thank you the lovely sheet. 💕

  21. Carole, I love, love, love your projects! You are a ever flowing fountain of inspiration! Thank You for sharing your talent.

  22. So many prey things! Thank you!

  23. Stunning projects. They are all wonderful. Thank you for the Design Sheet and showing how versatile it is.

  24. Your creations are right up my alley. Thanks for the abundant inspiration and information. Really like your layering and finished look. Well done!!

  25. Love your creations. Thank you for sharing with all of us in the hop!

  26. Love how you used all those pretty images!

  27. very beautiful and gorgeous cards Carole

    gr karin

  28. Thanks for the lovely collage sheet.

  29. Fabulous projects, thank you for the collage sheet.

  30. Thank you so much for the digital sheet. I love these designs they are my favorite so far. Your cards are so gorgeous. Edwina Brown

  31. BEAUTIFUL!! So many creative ideas! Thank you!

  32. Carole these are just divine! xo

  33. Fabulous projects. Thank you for the collage sheet

  34. What a beautiful collection, gorgeous cards Carole..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  35. PS..thank you for the collage set..

    Luv CHRISSYxx


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