Thursday, April 30, 2020

Christmastime GG Daily Challenge

Todays daily challenge on the Gecko Galz blog is

I created a mini wall hanger or could be hung on a Christmas tree

I started off with a square fancy edged paper die cut.
The edges are distressed in mica gold ink

The background paper is from the Merry Little Christmas Mini Paper Pack Set

  Fussy cut 2 children images from the Christmas Cuties digital collage sheet

Using foam mount, I 3D the images in the center.

Cut the word Believe ,from the Christmas Words collage set, and edged it in gold and green ink.
Glued it to the top

A red ribbon with 2 golden jingle bells, finish off the ornament

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Dragonfly Dreams Daily GG Challenge

"May you touch dragonflies and stars, dance with fairies,and talk to the moon"

Todays challenge on the Gecko Galz blog

I started with this magical image from the Beautiful Backgrounds Digital Stamps set

Printed out 2 copies, same size, on white cardstock.
Mine are 5" x 7"

Next, pick out 2 focal spots, one large, one smaller
On one of the image sheets, using a lid, draw around for the circle + cut out. 
Do the same with another shape, only make is smaller then the first one.

Cut out the 2 shapes, then color in the image. Just the cut out shapes. I used Prisma Premier Markers. 

Edge around the shape using a black ink pad

Using foam tape, I stuck these 2 shapes over top on the full black + white image, making sure to line up the design.

Glue black vintage lace to the top + bottom of the picture.
I also glued another row of silk sari ribbon

2 flowers on the top corner, one a white paper flower, the other a black silk flower with rhinestone centers.

You could use this for a journal cover, or add a looped ribbon to hang

Monday, April 27, 2020

True Colors Gecko Galz Daily Challenge

True Colors...reminds me of that Cyndi
 Lauper song
"But I see your true colors
shining through
I see your true colors
And thats why I love you"

I made this ATC to say Embrace Your Beauty
no matter who you are

I chose an image from Colors of the Wind digital collage sheet
I adhered it to a black background to make the colors pop

Butterfly + roses in a bendy, to give a 3D effect
I also used a pop dot on the butterfly in the corner.

The quote Embrace your Beauty from Charming Words digital collage sheet

Lastly, I added some iridescent blue sprigs in the corner

What is your true color?

Steampunk Birdhouse

 Steampunk Birdhouse

A one of a kind creation + handmade by me :)

A wooden birdhouse I altered using dye inks, metal stampings, vintage watch and clock parts.

I created 3D steampunk flowers on each side. Propellers spin on each flower.

Embossed red metal on the roof.
The roof also has 2 Steampunk windows.

A metal hoop on the top so you can hang the birdhouse.

Dangling fuses hang from the roof on the front

The back features a metal grate with a with a metal sunflower
Pipes with a faucet coming from some blower propelled contraption

A metal birdhouse fit for a mechanical bird!

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Steam Power Tag GG Daily Challenge

Another awesome daily challenge on the Gecko Galz blog. Todays theme is

I created a steampunk tag.
Started with a shipping tag. Ran it thru my Sizzix using the Clocks embossing folder

I then sprayed it using copper + gold moon shadow sprays from Lindys
When dry, I rubbed Aged Brass wax paste over the raised areas.

Next, I cut out an image from the Gecko Galz Steam Power digital collage sheet.
I glued her onto brown stardust cardstock + trimmed around the edges.

Brown glitter paper made terrific gears using a gear die and my Sizzix die cutter
I first glued one to the corner, then I glued the woman to the side of the tag.

I made a gold scroll filigree using a die and gold metallic cardstock, then glued it to the tag.

Added the other brown glitter gears.

Vintage lace, tea dyed, was tied through the tag hole. 

She would be lovely gracing a steampunk journal or book cover!

Saturday, April 25, 2020

All Things Golden Gecko Galz Daily Challenge

My creation for the challenge today on the Gecko Galz blog

I created an embellishment to use on a journal, card front or any other crafting project

The base is vintage frame with antique words
The beautiful golden girl is a digital image from the Gecko Galz Dreamland collage sheet

Shes holding an exquisite golden shimmering treasure
Using pop dots, I added her to the center

3 paper flowers, I sprayed with yellow and gold dye
In the center is gold glass beads I added with clear gel glue

Finally, a golden yellow butterfly at the bottom with the word Nature


Friday, April 24, 2020

Pin Up Girls GG Daily Challenge

Out of the Way....
I have my sassy
britches on.

Todays daily over on the Gecko Galz blog is PIN UP 

I made this sassy card using a fun cowgirl image from Lets Make Lemonaid Digital Collage Sheet

On a 2 tone blue cardstock sheet, I added a strip of burlap I frayed on the edges, to the center of the card.

The pinup girl in the center. 

I diecut sunflowers + using popdots they are 3d on the card.

Leaves were done the same.

I printed out the verse then inked it in yellow.

A yellow gingham bow underneath

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Happy Halloween Daily GG Challenge

Yep, its Halloween in April...or at least over on the Gecko Galz blog today

My design features a haunted house, witch kids, + a menacing winged cat on a skull.Muhahaha!

The witch girls images are from the October Magic digital collage sheet + the bat skull from their blog on an older post. I made his eyes red, he looks kinda evil doesnt he

I started with a black pc of cardstock sized 8.5" x 6.5"
Layers of cheesecloth, vintage cardstock, and a print of a haunted house. 
A moon behind the cat skull

All images are highlighted using foam pop dots

The boo bats are die cuts with white letters I added

I also die cut a spooky fence with crows and cats

Extra spookiness was achieved by adding rubber spiders along the bottom

I think this would make a spooktacular album cover!
What do you think

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Hollywood Glam Gecko Galz Daily Blog Challenge

"Here's Looking at You, Kid"

Todays challenge on the Gecko Galz blog is HOLLYWOOD Glam

I designed this old Hollywood card using these fabulous images from the GG Hollywood Glam digital sheet

I chose 2 pics of Humphrey Bogart + Lauren Bacall
Nothing says hollywood glam like these 2.

I started with a gold embossed sheet of cardstock. I folded it to the size of 6.5" x 5.5"    

The Hollywood sign, clapboard, Hollywood star, + quote I found on google + printed out on white cardstock

I edged the Hollywood star in gold paint.
The large glitzy star is wood that I first painted in gold, then covered it in gold glitter.

I then glued the Hollywood sign to the center of the gold card. 
Added black glitter all around the edges.

All the other images have pop dots under them for height

Lastly, glued on the gold glittered star to the corner.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Moonbeams Gecko Galz Daily Challenge

Todays challenge over on the Gecko Galz blog is Moonbeams
I have titled my pc Moonbeams + Mermaids

A gorgeous pink frame from the Been Framed kit
holds a beautiful mermaid. Sitting on a rock under the night sky, blowing bubbles under a giant moonbeam

The mermaid is from the Colorful Mermaids Digital sheet. One of the best designs I've ever seen! The mermaids are spectacular!

I cut her out and put her on a glittery pink background. the pink matches the flowers on the ocean rock.

I made bubbles on a piece of white glossy cardstock. How did I do that you ask? I used distress oxide ink. 3 shades in green, pink + blue. I tapped the ink on my surface sheet, then sprayed water over top. Using various size lid tops, I tapped the lid into the ink, then on my paper. When I was finished, I dried the paper with my heat gun.

I adhered the bubble paper to the back of the frame I printed and cut out. 

I then cut a large moonbeam from white glitter paper, and pop dotted that to the pic.

A little pen string, to a blue die cut shell hangs from the moon.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

To Mom Gecko Galz Daily Blog Challenge

My mom passed away 2 yrs ago, so this card is a tribute to her.
She always loved flowers + hummingbirds and had a green thumb.

I started off making a 2 ended flower pot.

A crease runs down the center. I measured off each top enbd of the pot, + made a lip using a decorative paper.
I cut out 2 more of the decorative papers, and glued them top + bottom, on one side, then the other
I then edged all away around the flower pot in a distress ink
Fold the pot up + punch 2 holes on either side of the decorative paper.
Do that to both ends where the decorative paper is.

I cut flowers out from  GG floral sheets and glued the ends to the back side of the pot.
The humming bird is cut out, and has a pop dot behind it.

On the inside,using a tag die, I cut out a shape using Handwritten Word paper.
Glued that in the center, then added words from another sheet.

On the front again, add a tag or a floral with the word "Mom" and attach to front of the flowerpot.
I also added 2 tiny light green crystals to either side of my Mom tag.

Choose a coordinating ribbon, and run bring it thru the holes + tie a bow. Your Mom opens the bow to see your message.
Happy Mothers Day!

Time Change Mixed Media Steampunk Wall Decor

"Time changes everything
except something within us
Which is always  surprised 
by change"

I created this Steampunk wall decor pc using a paper digital design from Gecko Galz. ( Old World Surreal)
Vintage watch parts, a skeleton key, + metal stampings

Size is 5 3/4" x 5 3/4"
The bass is slat wood and has a jute hanger

I used dye sprays, wax pastes, artisan powders and metallic paints to create an old world patina effect.

Time Change

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Surreal Life Daily Gecko Galz Blog Challenge

Today on the Gecko Galz blog is another wonderful daily challenge.
Surreal means a mix of fact + fantasy

I created this steampunk surrealism starting with a wood plank hanger
First, I layered on different metal stampings, pocket watch gears, + propellers that spin

Painted everything in black acrylic paint, then when dry, sprayed it using Lindys, sprays, Color bloom spray, + Dylusions sprays

To create depth + shadows, I brushed on Prima Artisan powders in dk blue

I then highlighted some of the metals with a light blue + then aged brass wax paste

The amazing image in the center is from the Gecko Galz
Old World Surreal Collage Set

Friday, April 17, 2020

Art Nouveau GG Daily Challenge

Todays challenge over on the Gecko Galz blog is

One of my personal favs, so I had to go all out!

I started with this gorgeous image from GG

The beautiful blue frame is from the Been Framed Craft Kit

I resized the frame, cut it out, then added crystal glitter glue and crystal rhinestones for added glitz

When dry, I glued it over a royal blue super glitter card stock.

3D pop dots under the nouveau girl to give her some pop!

Art Nouveau

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Creepy Spooky Shadowboxes

I created 3 spooky shadowboxes
Creepy Dolls

The boxes are wood. Each box has 9-1" cubbyholes + are approx 4 1/4" square
I painted them all in black. After they dried, I distressed the edges with sandpaper.

I cut out a bunch of pics from the the digital sheet Night Mist
from JLEELOU on Etsy

Glued them inside the boxes.

I cut out borders from Halloween papers that were in my stash and glued them to the edges of the boxes.

 Then, using chipboard diecuts, paper digitals, and other miniatures, I glued them to the outside of the boxes.
Each box theme has coordinating miniatures + decorations
Chipboard word quotes, and a paper word quote added to the top of each box

Final step-2 triangle hooks on the back of each box

Travel Gecko Galz Daily Challenge

Ok, are we there yet? I'm packed and ready to go!

Todays challenge over on the GG blog is TRAVEL

For this challenge I created a suitcase covered with travel stickers.

I started off my making a box out of white cardstock. 
You can easily find a template anywhere online

Next, using a distress oxide pad Vintage Photo, and a spray bottle of water, I distressed the suitcase. 
Dried it with my heat gun.

Poked 2 holes in the top for the handle.
For the handle, I used some wire and glass beads

Images I cut out are from the GG Great Journeys Digital Collage Sheet
I printed out the sheet smaller, so the images would fit on the4 suitcase.
After cutting them out, I edged them using a walnut brown distress ink pad.

Glued the prints I chose on the suitcase.

I chose one of the smaller prints for the tag. Cut it into a tag shape, punched a hole in it, and using ribbon, tied it to the handle.

Now, I'm all packed and ready for my trip.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Black and White Gecko Galz Daily Challenge

If you listen well,you will hear the faint whisper
of hope,even in the darkest times

Today's challenge on the Gecko Galz blog is Black and White

I chose an image from the GG Fantasies sheet. Tall trees with ravens or crows flying high in the branches

I placed the cut out image on a piece of black burlap.
Stamped out a large full moon image on white glossy cardstock with my black soot inkpad

Glued the top part of the trees image over the lower part of the moon.
Cut out 2 feathers in black cardstock using my die cutter machine. 
I then glittered them with black glitter.
Glued them to the bottom of the trees image

Lastly, I  used my diecutter again, and cut out the trees with a muted black paper.
Using mini pop dots, I 3d them over the whole image.

The verse on the moon was added using my photo editing program.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Flappers Gecko Galz Daily Challenge

Another fantastic challenge over on the Gecko Galz blog today!

I have created a flashy, sassy flapper of my own!

All supplies are from Gecko Galz

I started with this fab image, cut her out, fussy style

Using a photo background, I placed a gorgeous frame from the Been Framed Collection over top.

Raised the girl using a strip pf pop dots

For some panache, I added a pearl in her hand, and some glitzy clear rhinestones to her head, and on her outfit

"Some girls are just born with glitter!"

Monday, April 13, 2020

Tea for Two Gecko Galz Daily Challenge

Tea for Two

I have created this teapot for the daily challenge over on the Gecko galz blog.

I am in love with all the beautiful floral papers from Gecko Galz!
I chose a pink + blue paper, then cut out a teapot shape

Edged it in worn lipstick distress oxide ink
Cut out 2 floral teacups from the Botanical Blend Digital Collage sheet.Using pop dots, I added them to the tea pot.

Cut an oval shape out of chipboard, then again in pink cardstock.
The pink cardstock is one I marbled using the worn lipstick distress oxide ink
Hand printed the words Tea for Two + pop dotted it in the center of the teapot

Last touch....glued on a single pink rose.

1 lump or 2?

Saturday, April 11, 2020

With all my Heart Gecko Galz Daily Challenge-Wedding

Today on the Gecko Galz daily challenge is 

I have created a collage tag
"With all my Heart"

Supplies used:
Shipping tag
Digital design from Bridal Bouquet
Vintage Lace
Vintage Pearl Flower
Paper roses in ivory + red
Sparkled paper flower
Die cut Window
Sticker words
Vintage Silk wax paste

Arrange items on tag before gluing down.
First I layered the vintage lace on the right side of the tag, so that some of it hung over the edge.
The cheesecloth next.
Before placing the diecut window, I highlighted it with the vintage silk wax paste. I also edged the photo with the same paste.
Then the diecut window at the top of the tag

The digi print was placed over top the layers
I decorated with the vintage pearls, paper roses, + a glittered flower
Lastly, the sticker saying was added to the bottom of the tag.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Once Upon a Time Fair Maidens Gecko Galz Daily Blog Challenge

Once upon a time, a fair maiden who rode a majestic white horse, was the Queen of her very own castle. 

I created this castle for the Fair Maidens daily challenge over on the Gecko Galz blog

The image of the maiden on her horse is from the April Beauty digital sheet

The top + bottom design are elements I cut from the Shabby Chic Garden Collage sheet

 I trimmed around the image, then edged it in blue ink

The castle design is from Raidersofthelostart on Etsy
I 3D the maiden image over top the castle using pop dots

Pretty paper florals, in aqua + yellow were added on the top + bottom corner

Lastly, I cut out + edged the verse, using Vintage Photo Distress Ink 
The words are from Charming Words Collage Set

Blue Beauty Fair Maidens Gecko Galz Daily Challenge

Today over at the Gecko Galz blog, is another wonderful daily challenge.
The theme today is FAIR MAIDENS

My entry is a card I'm calling BLUE BEAUTY
Using a glossy card, I brayered it to blend into one another,with Distress Ink in China Blue + Pistachio

The gorgeous maiden design is from the Country Girls
digital collage sheet
I glued that to the center of the card

I took a diecut paper frame that I cut out of grey paper, then  I highlighted the raised areas in pistachio + china blue distress ink, + then aged brass wax paste.

Using 3D pop dots, the frame goes over the picture.

On the top of the card I added turquoise iridescence pearls

On the bottom, a verse  Dreams Do Come True
There are also 2 more pearls, in light green.

The colors on the card are actually turquoise and aqua, but unfortunately those colors dont take right when taking a photo

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Dark Secrets Gecko Galz Daily Challenge Wicked

Todays daily challenge over at the Gecko Galz blog is DARK SECRETS

Any of you that know me, know how I love creating projects with a dark,and gothic theme, so I was really excited today.

Similar to my last post, I created a dark theme featuring a wicked design from Gecko Galz called
These images are to die for!!

A spooky graveyard background over black cardstock
Die cut filigree edges in each corner

I cut out a background image from Picture Perfect ATC Set
It worked well as a gloomy background for my pic

I placed the picture over the tombstone, just under the top of a bright lit candle digital

I added a gothic tombstone, that was backed with black cardstock, to the right. Also added another candle.

Under the moon, I glued on a bat that was die cut.

Chipboard words, She was Spellbound + Wicked were added last.

Do you know my DARK SECRET?

Dark Secrets Gecko Galz Daily Blog Challenge HAUNTED

Today the theme over at the Gecko Galz blog is 

I love to create anything dark.

My entry here is called HAUNTED
A dark themed background of an old gothic house
I glued it over black cardstock
Die cut corners in black

Took a resin frame, painted it in black gloss, and rubbed the highlighted edges with fire red wax paste.

The haunting picture underneath is from the Gecko Galz 
Dark Arts digital collage sheet

Adhered the pic in frame to the background

In the right corner, I added a die cut creepy fence, tombstone, and candle that seems to glow

A chipboard word HAUNTED on the bottom

Vintage Botanical Wood Plaque

I love making anything with a vintage feel.
I created this wooden plaque using the unique digital designs from Gecko Galz on Etsy

I started with an unfinished wood rectangle plaque I picked up at the dollar store.
Using a brown acrylic paint, I added water and did a wash with it. 
Dabbed around the edges using my Rusty Hinge distress ink paint 

Stencilled over the flat part using a handwritten word stencil and black distress paint
Edged all away around the plaque with aged brass wax paste

Cut out an image from the GG Words from the Heart ATC Papers sheet and glued in the center
Aged a wood window from my stash, and glued that over the paper

Glued some pretty vintage rhinestone chain to the bottom of a vintage brass skeleton key. Glued the key to the side of the window frame.

Fussy cut a pretty floral image from Gecko Galz Ethereal Flowers
and glued it over the window pane.

On the back, I glued a brass hanger charm
Using wire, I coiled it and added some pretty glass beads and a glass drop. 
Attached that to the hanger.

Now its ready to hang on the wall.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Words + Music Gecko Galz Daily Challenge

Today on the Gecko Galz blog, the daily challenge is


I created a tag using a song from the Gecko Galz Words of Music digital sheet

The song words I picked are from The Beatles Here Comes the Sun

A vintage piece of lace I dyed yellow was adhered to the center of the tag.

I cut out another smaller tag from a music note and floral digi sheet 
Glued that over the lace

Cut out my sun song, and glued a fairy to the back
A tiny yellow swarovski crystal in the small sun in the center of the song

Added the Sing your Song beside the fairy sun with a yellow dyed rose

Dyed another paper flower in yellow, and glued a small pink swarovski crystal to the center.
Glued that flower to the bottom corner

Lastly, I tied a pretty pink ribbon to the tag.

"Here comes the sun, and I say, its alright"

Forsaken Mixed Media Canvas

So, I found this digi shop on Etsy.Digital Curio
Crazy,wicked digital designs

I fell in love with the Fancy Skull Clipart sheet

This canvas mixed media piece is what became of the love.

I call her Forsaken

Black web lace, gothic texture, shades of grey,black and deep red
Paper roses in ivory and red

A white feather adorns her hat

Whose bone? hers or her lovers perhaps...

Created on a 8' x 10' canvas

"I am lost, but not forgotten"

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Easter Bonnet Gecko Galz Daily Challenge April l.4

Todays daily challenge over on the Gecko Galz blog is 

So today, I have made this project to fit the theme.

It started with the pretty girl image that was a free image on the Gecko Galz blog.

The gorgeous green frame around her is from the digital collage set
BEEN FRAMED, which you can find in the Gecko Galz shop on Etsy

I glued the girl design to the back of the frame, which was printed and cut out.
The beauty of these frames is you can print them out in any size.
The joys of digitals!

Then, using chicks, and flowers from another freebie on the GG blog, I cut them out, and using pop dots, I 3D them to her hat.

The "feather" in her hat, is actually a floral sprig from the chicks digi.

I think she is now ready for Easter in her pretty bonnet

Thursday, April 2, 2020

LITTLE MERMAID Gecko Galz Daily Challenge Apr 2

LITTLE Mermaid
Gecko Galz daily blog challenge
for April 2 2020

I couldnt wait for this challenge, as I love the fantasy and magic of mermaids!

I created my Mermaid on a blank CD. The glistening colors of it reminded me of the sparkling water that splashes in the ocean when the sun is shining.

I cut out a background rectangle from Gecko Galz Dream Weaver ATC Collection

Glued that to the CD.
Frayed up a white piece of cheesecloth, + glued that over the rectangle.
Chose a beautiful mermaid from Gecko Galz
Glued her over top the cheesecloth.
Added touches-A flat iridescent marble, die cut coral, sequin seashells, and a coral pink paper rose.

Not shown, but I covered the back in a sparkle paper. 
This would look pretty hanging in front of a window, where the sun would show all the rainbow colors of the CD

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