Thursday, October 29, 2015

Gecko Galz Blog Hop

Hello Everyone!

I want to welcome everyone to the Tenth destination of Gecko Galz 5th Annual Blog Hop.

If you started here you might want to go back and start at the beginning at the Gecko Galz blog so you won’t miss anything!

We have 14 AMAZING blogs for you to visit this weekend, each with some gorgeous projects created using the Gecko Galz exclusive blog hop collage sheets, that we are giving you for FREE! Each blog you visit will have another free Gecko Galz Collage sheet for you to grab, the one here is "REGENCY LIFE".

Here are my Gecko Galz projects, using images from the Regency Life sheet. First up is a card.

My second project is a journal page.

I used one of the images to make a Christmas card.

I added the images to small bottles.

Finally, I made an ATC.

Also make sure you collect all the “secret” words on each blog so at the end of the hop you can send in the phrase to enter our drawing for a wonderful treat. 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 $50 Shopping spree with Gecko Galz.

· Third 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, a new paper pack each quarter and a kit club pack each quarter! This is a $150 value! Plus you get a prize pack from some of our favorite sponsors worth $150!

Read on to learn how you can win!

First of all, you will need to visit all 14 blogs and leave a comment on each blog :) **This is important so we know you have been to all the blogs **. Collect all 14 words (one on each blog site except the home site) and at the end of the blog on the Fripperies and Butterflies site there will be a link to email the phrase to Gecko Galz.

This enters you in the contest. On November 2nd 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 29 of October and the 1st of November and your name goes in again for a better chance of winning (each purchase you make that weekend gives you another chance to win).

Your Secret Word is: MAKE

Now that you have it go to the next blog on the list below:

Vicki Romain

Nancy Smith

Heather Hudson

Leanne Seed

Thank you for joining the hop and enjoy your free collage sheet and my samples.

Monday, October 26, 2015

It's Monday!

Monday and time for two new challenges! This week at Make My Monday we have a recipe challenge. Use teal and/or turquoise, sequins and twine on your project. Here is what I came up with.

I used a Gecko Galz image on the card (from the Flower Girls collage sheet) and matted it onto turquoise cardstock. That was layered onto teal patterned paper and a white card base. I added the word love (T. Collins punch), white twine and a button. Finally, I put some teal sequins on her flower hat.

The next challenge is at Ooh La La and runs for two weeks. It's embossing - dry, heat or faux. Join us with your embossed project - we'd love to see what you make!

I used an Oriental lanterns embossing folder by Cuttlebug and my Big Shot to create the embossed background. The beautiful lady image is from the Passion for Fashion CD. The gray paper is also from this CD. Finally, I added the word "love" punched in green paper.

Thanks for stopping by - check out the DT's samples at Make My Monday and Ooh La La for great inspiration!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Autumn Colors - Gecko Galz

Up on the Gecko Galz blog are three cards I made using the October products. Gecko Galz images are always top quality and great to have on hand when you need to make a card, ATC, journal page, etc. The Gecko Galz Etsy shop can be found here.

Now for my cards! First up is a fall card, using an image from the "Fall into Nature" collage sheet. The card background was embossed with a woodgrain embossing folder by Sizzix and then inked with brown chalk ink. Final touches were a leaf button by Zappy Dots and the "Great Outdoors" sticker.

Next is a card that features an image from the La Boheme Craft Kit. The focal image was printed twice, in two sizes. The smaller size was fussy cut and then pop dotted to the larger one. The only other thing I added was a heart with the word "forever".

My final card uses an image from October's "Beautiful Music" collage sheet and background paper from the "Autumn Harvest" papers. I sized the image in Photoshop and then backed it with cardstock and a brown doily. The ribbon is from Stampin' Up and the word Dream cut from a Tim Holtz ticket.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Inchies or Twinchies!

Can you believe it's Monday already?! For Make My Monday's challenge this week, we all made projects using inchies and/or twinchies. Check out the great dt inspiration here.

For my card, I cut the blue cardstock into 2" squares (twinchies). The squares with the women on them are 1.5" in size. They are made of chipboard which I covered in paper, inked the edges and added rub ons. The pictures of the women were sized in Photoshop, fussy cut and adhered to the chipboard squares.

These were layered onto the blue squares and then onto patterned paper. The card base is brown, with a SU seam binding ribbon at the top. The words "home is where your story begins" is a sticker from my stash.

I added the words "love" and "family" to two of the ladies. One of them has the number 3 on her square (three sisters). These women were sisters in real life - I purchased an old picture at an antiques store with their names written on the back. I often wonder how their lives turned out. Did they ever marry? Have children? I guess I will never know...

Monday, October 12, 2015

Colorful Post

Good morning and welcome to my "colorful" post this Monday!! I am sharing two cards, for two design teams, with two different color schemes. First up is "Pretty in Pink" from the Ooh La La team.

I used the #8 image (Black & White) from the Yesterday's Memories CD. The image was die cut and edged with pink chalk ink. The background paper and the small hearts were cut from Paper #40 on the Passion 4 Fashion CD. The lovely pink checked paper is from the Shawn Jenkins Collection CD (under Butterfly Vanity, #3).

My second card is for this week's challenge at Make My Monday: use black and orange, spooky or not! I used items from my stash for the card. I've had the Trick or Treat words and black pumpkin forever! (They were actually one long die cut, but I cut them apart). Using a black card base, I added orange background paper, the words and black and orange enamel dots. Simple, but cute!

Please stop by both design team blogs and see the great projects from the rest of the team members. Don't forget - you can enter projects of your own for both challenges!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Cats - Big or Small

Hello and welcome to a new week at Make My Monday! Our theme this week is "Cats: Big or Small". I chose to make a tag with a black cat.

This tag was colored with shimmery spray ink. Then I added a few strips of paper, the image, word "BOO" and twine. Simple tag, but fun to make!

We'd love to have you join us at MMM. Also, check out the rest of the design team projects - fantastic, as always!