Wednesday 8 December 2021

Christmas Robins, Gnomes and a Santa



In the Gecko Galz Facebook Group, we had a Christmas Ornament and card swap. Here is what I made and sent to the USA to my swap partner, Robin. It has arrived safely, so now I can share here.

My first ornament was a large, decorated matchbox with a decoupaged interior scene:

The front of the matchbox was decorated with images from the Gnome for the Holidays collage set. I set it on a gold mat and added sparkle with mica flakes. A half of an Impresslit star was also added at the top. The sides and back of the box were covered with beautiful patterned paper from the Christmas in Nature ATC set.

For the inside I used two collage images from Frosty Garden as well as one of the cheeky gnomes from the Gnome for The Holidays collage set. The images were fussy cut and decoupaged along with some die cut foliage. Lots of glitter and mica flakes were added to represent ice and snow.

My second ornament is a Santa wooden bauble.

I used the Santa face image from the Christmas Icons collage set. I printed the face twice, reversing one of the faces so that they could be glued back to back. The body of my santa is a flat wooden 'bauble' which I covered with red manuscript paper from the Merry and Bright ATC Collection. I filed around the edges and added some gold embossing powder. I adhered twine to replicate arms and legs and added wooden beads for weight and decoration.
His belt is a strip of glitter washi with a snowflake and gem for a buckle.

On the reverse Santa has three shiny gem stone buttons on his belt.

And here is the card I made:

I used the Christmas in Nature ATC Set for background paper and Plaid Paper from my stash. The main image is from The Frosty Garden collage set and I added die cut flowers and foliage and a die cut sentiment.

That's all for now!
I hope you'll join  the Gecko Galz Holly and Ivy Challenge where the winner will get a $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 monthly $1 deals!

Please pop over to the Gecko Galz blog to see the fabulous designs by the very talented DT.

We also have a friendly Facebook Group where there are 4 monthly challenges, each with a collage sheet prize. 
Do come and join us!

I'll be back on the 11th and 20th December with more Gecko Galz projects.

Here's all the info you need:
Current Gecko Galz Challenge : "Holly and Ivy"
Thanks for stopping by today.
Fab n Funky Challenges #541 Anything Christmas 14/12
Frilly and Funkie Yuletide Delights 14/12
The Four Seasons AG Winter 25/12 TOP 3
Creative Inspirations #12 Christmas 31/12
Let's Create Challenges #178 Vintage 31/12 WINNER
Crafters Castle #48 AG 31/12 TOP 3
Paper Funday Challenges #36 AG Holidays 02/01

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


  1. fantastic cards and projects Carole
    great job

    gr karin

  2. Beautiful projects and card- I'm really smitten with that fabulous matchbox - a magical project! Thanks for joining us at Fab'n' Funky.

  3. Oh that match box is beautiful and so creative!!! And you Santa ornament is so fun! And the card is so beautiful! I love the layers and dimension! Thank you so much for entering our challenge at Crafter's Castle this month....good luck :)
    Hugs... Janie
    Crafter's Castle

  4. You're SO super creative, Carole. Thanks for sharing your wonderful art with us, and please join us again soon.
    karen L
    The Four Seasons Challenge Blog DT

  5. All your projects are so creative and so beautiful. I especially love the matchbox ornament. It's exquisite! Thank you so much for joining in on our latest challenge at Let's Craft and Create. Cheryl W, DT

  6. Great ideas and love the vintage images. Thanks for sharing your lovely projects with us at The Four Seasons Challenge. Donna

  7. I'm back with a different DT Hat...I am in awe of those who create mixed media projects because I am not talented at that. Your projects are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your lovely project with us at The Paper Funday Challenge. Donna

  8. Your mixed media work is so impressive, something that intimidates me! I have to comment on that funny little Santa tag too - very cute! Thanks for joining us at Four Seasons.

  9. OH WOW what fabulous projects! LOVE THEM ALL! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Four Seasons Challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back again soon.


  10. ALL are fabulously creative! Thank you for joining our challenge at Four Seasons!
    Diane FS DT {Nellies Nest}

  11. Oh my what a great design. Nice work. Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT / Admin / Registered Owner for

  12. Your cards and projects are fabulous Carole! Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Gale DT for

  13. Your cards and projects are so detailed and pretty Carole. Thanks for joining us at Creative Inspirations and good luck Jayne DT

  14. You've been busy Carole! I love your adorable box, that fantastic Santa ornament and your fabulous card. Thank you for joining in with our challenge at The Funkie Junkie Boutique blog x

  15. A great collection of gorgeous projects, love the matchbox. Thank you for sharing them with us at Paper Funday.

  16. Stunning projects Carole - I'm in awe too with these mixed media projects!
    Thanks so much for joining us for our Anything Goes plus the option of Vintage Feel Challenge at Let's Craft and Create for December 2021.
    We hope to see you again soon,
    Lou DT xo
    JemLou Productions

  17. A gorgeous card. Thank you for sharing with us at THAIC Challenge. Marlene


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