Thursday, October 29, 2020

Gecko Galz 10th Annual 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
(Click Right the image below to save)

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) 

Zowie Dixon

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Arty Divas Nov Challenge

 This months challenge as a DT for the Arty Divas, was for these gorgeous tags from Vectoria Designs on Etsy.

I created 2 tag cards. 

My card is 2- sided Christmas scrapbook paper. I printed out some Christmas music paper on vellum in a sepia color, then tore a piece off to fit under my tag.

I added a sage green eyelet to the tag, then punched a hole in the vellum, putting the eyelet through them both.

Beautiful rich colored silk suri ribbon for bows. I them adhered the tags, with the vellum, to the card front using double sided scrapbook tape.

This is Halloween Design Team November Retro Halloween Tags


I have created these fun retro Halloween tags

for the Nov challenge on the This is Halloween design team

I made the tag from the backing paper from a Tim Holtz stencil. The paper is a distressed look in shades of brown + black.

I added a piece of burlap ( orange + purple) on each tag, then using Tims retro Halloween cutouts, I layered the bingo cards, pumpkin, skeleton + witch. The skeleton + witch both have 3d foam to pop them on the tag

Added a grey eyelet in each, then added some fun silk suri ribbon to tie thru the eyelet.

These tags would be cute to add to a gift or in a journal

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Be Joyful Christmas Diorama

My 1st Christmas project this year

I created a vintage fireplace scene using this wonderful 3D fireplace from Retro Art Cafe

I added a brick texture to it, and distressed it with black soot + cracking campfire paint + dye spray

The mantle on the fireplace I hand marbled, using black, white + a touch of gold paint. Glass glazed over top.

Christmas packages, a tree, candles, ( handmade), bows, A Christmas quote chip,stocking and garland

Christmas Tim Holtz paper dolls trio that I added hats to, a furry hand muff, + a gift

I made the fireplace insert using a flickering orange tealight, some flat stones I found outside, + some twigs from the yard. 

All ready for a festive Christmas!

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Eerie Chills Card Fronts


I love creating card fronts. They are ready when you need a quick card to make. These would also be perfect for journaling.

I started with 2 pcs of a cardboard box I cut to 4" x 5"

I then carefully tore off the cardboard to show the corrugated cardboard underneath. You can also lightly spray it with water, then tear off the cardboard.

I like to leave some of the cardboard showing.

Sprayed them both with Black Soot + Cracking Campfire Distress Sprays to make them look rustic

The wonderful creepy digitals are from one of my fav digi shops.

KeeperoftheNest on Etsy

A haunted background, with 3d ghouls and elements

Lastly, I added chipboard Halloween words

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Retro Halloween Mini Tombstone Junk Journal + a Free Image

I created a mini Tombstone junk journal using these cute retro Halloween images 

The front + back covers are stencil board tombstones and the center pages are chipboard I made myself

5 double sided pages, as well as the covers 

Crazy pumpkins on top of each page

Vintage black lace on the bottom of the front + back covers

Dazzling silk suri ribbon, + Halloween word charms dangle off the bright colorful jump rings


Please sign up as a follower + download this wicked Goth image as a thank you,

Just right click on it to save it to your computer.

Skeletons in your Closet


Do you have Skeletons in your Closet? 

Skeletons hide in this closet...wonder what secrets they hold

I turned this masonite wardrobe into a creepy skeleton closet

I made hangers out of black metal to hang in the closet.

A clothes rod, out of dowel

Hmm, whats in here..lets look

2 skeletons, both decked out in a halloween bow tie

An old book, a eyeball......+ bones.

Decorating the outside of the closet, is more skellies, skull door knobs, scary skull hands and a skull poster on the back

The outside of the closet was first painted in black, then I sprayed it with Crackling Campfire Distress Oxide Ink Spray.

White wax paste was used pn edges to get an old wood look. I also used the white wax to highlight the stenciled skull on the front + the wood skulls on either side

What's in your closet?

Altered Wood Pumpkin


What started with a thin wood pumpkin turned into this crazy, bright Jack o Lantern 

I love to alter things...everything! and this pumpkin was calling my name

I layered small wood halloween decorations to either side

Ghosts, cats, skulls, pumpkins, witches, the grim reaper, bats and more!

Dye sprays were used to achieve all these wonderful bright shades of orange, purple + red.

White wax highlites + then some back wax shading

A simple bow using silk sari ribbon

Happy Halloween!

Nevermoredesigns Blog Challenge Oct 2020


This month over on the

is a wicked design challenge using this fabulous Witch image.

I created a 3d canvas. The witches are printed on vellum.

I textured my canvas using rust paste + a stencil with old bricks and brickwork

The background is done in black, browns, + rust

I off centered the image, then added a harvest moon with trees 

A bit of batting in the trees to look like for or webs

The edge of the canvas is old twigs I found in the yard

A broomstick in the corner, and the chipboard word

The Witching Hour at the bottom.

Let the hexing begin!

Arty Divas July Challenge-Sponsor Lilli Rain Designs

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