Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Arty Divas July Challenge-Sponsor Lilli Rain Designs

 




Our sponsor this month is lilli Rain Designs.

https://lilliraindesigns.blogspot.com/?m=1

The winner will receive this wonderful Nautical Dreams mini scrapbook kit.

There will also be badges awarded to the Top 5 Designs chosen by the Design team.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

A Woman in Sorrow Tag-Nevermore Designs Gothic Challenge

 


My entry for the Gothic Challenge this month over on the 

nevermoredesigns.blogspot.com/

The Woman in Sorrow image I made into a tag. 

The image reminded me of love + loss.

Monday, July 12, 2021

FripperiesandButterflies July Challenge-Steampunk Mermaids

 


Over on the fripperiesandbutterflies.blogspot.com/

is a wicked Steampunk Mermaids challenge!

This is my entry. Using the design given, I made this large tag.

Distressed the edges, then layered it on gold mesh ribbon + a steampunk mermaid paper background. I distressed the edges of that paper using Vintage Photo distress oxide ink.

A ripped + distressed edge piece of marbled paper on the top.

On the top of the tag is patina brass clock hands

The bottom of the tag features a ships wheel with a vintage brass cog. A spinner in the center.

I also added some copper toned die cut coral

My trio of Steampunk Mermaids!

Saturday, June 26, 2021

July ATC Swap/Challenge Bohemian Gypsy


July ATC Swap/Challenge theme 

BOHEMIAN GYPSY

Create 3 cards to either swap, challenge or both!

If doing both, cards to swap must be different then challenge cards

Find your inner Gypsy + have some Bohemian fun!

You must use images + backgrounds from the 2 FREE sheets below, but you can use any of your own embellishments.

I will set up a post on the Gecko Galz Facebook page. Please let me know if your are going to swap.

I will post your swap partners on July 10

For the challenge~ 1 winner will take home a $25.00 gift certificate from Gecko Galz!!!!!!!!

An album will be set up for you to post your ATCs~

To save sheets-Right click + save

Please leave a comment on this blog post, so I know you've read the rules








 

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Gecko Galz Monthly DT Challenge-July Sea of Dreams

 


LOVE AT THE HELM

I created this ship wheel photo frame using a wood frame + a beautiful image from this GG sheet

sea shore sweethearts

I 3d her using foam tape

I used my distress oxide sprays on the frame, then added texture pastes in patina shades

A cluster of blue cheesecloth, vintage papers, a shell, starfish, flower + a verse snippet on the bottom corner

A paper flower + brass rope anchor finish off the piece


SEA QUEEN

As soon as I saw this gorgeous image on the GG sheet

Mermaid Kingdom

I knew she would be part of my next project. I cut the image and made her bigger to make this 8" x 10" reverse canvas.

Cheesecloth, mod podge, pearl sprays + my imagination

The picture in the center that I added touches of vintage rhinestone chain, druzy, horn shells, pearls more

She is whispering to the seahorse....underwater magic I'm sure

The edges of the canvas are adorned in large shells I painted + sprayed, glass beads, pearls, a trident + rose compass and a large vintage rhinestone pretty





LOST LOVES ATC Cards

Atcs about lost love as the men sail out to sea

The ladies images are from Mystic Fantasy Collage Set

The ships are from Sail Away

The background paper is Wonderful Watercolors ATC Set

I added nautical wood accents + sticker verses

The cards have been mounted on white corrugated paper

On the backs, are the new GG ATC Backs. I used this set

Black + White ATC Backs

I think they really just finish off the cards!

Now I'm off to dream about the Sea!

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Gecko Galz June Challenge-Wild West Sweetheart

 


YEEHAW! I found my inner cowgirl with this months Gecko Galz challenge

My 1st project is this boot kicking Old West Saloon.

I had my bff build the saloon out of wood. 

Painted it in old wood colors, then added wood grain digital paper

Yep, those saloon doors actually swing open + close!

A cow skull on the top of the building, as well as a wood wagon wheel, adds to the theme.

I also built a small bench to sit on the boardwalk.

An old cowboy sittin here, wondering where all the cowgirls came from!

Gecko Galz has these wicked awesome retro cowgirl images!

I cut some out and adhered them to the saloon rails. Others I glued them to a base so they would stand up, + also added a WANTED poster. 



Next up, I created a COWBOY BOOT Card

Got the boot shape from Pinterest. Cut it out on white cardstock.

Used some plaid paper from my stash for the main boot, + brown textured paper for the boot heel, sole + leather strap.

Did stitching with a white paint pen

I love the image of the hard working cowgirl in the center.  I glued her to another "stitched leather" adornment.

On the top of the boot strap is a red brad.

I also edged the entire card in Vintage Photo ink.



WELL BEHAVED COWGIRLS RARELY MAKE HISTORY TAG

A fun cowgirl tag, using this kick ass tag from Gecko Galz. Its from their Ride em Cowgirl digital craft kit

The southwestern blank tag with a cutout cowgirl image that has been 3d to the tag.

In the corner I made a leather look corner pocket using a cut up brown paper bag that I first colored with vintage photo oxide ink, then crumpled it up, smoothed it out, then rubbed black dye ink over the crumples. Makes it look like worn leather.

A western ticket over top.

I made a rope lasso. Its hanging from the word tag. There is also a gun charm on the top.

Finished it off with a blue brad on the southwest tag.

Friday, May 21, 2021

Anchors Away! June ATC Swap Challenge

 


This month I have decided to switch things up abit.

There will be a SWAP + a CHALLENGE

Is that fun or what!!

You can do one or the other, or BOTH!

But, if you decide to do both, your challenge ATCs must be different from your swap ones.

The Swap

Info for swapping will be on the GG Facebook page!

I will pick your swap partners + you will have 10 days to make your cards + get them mailed.

The Challenge

1 winner will receive a $25.00 gift certificate generously donated from GECKO GALZ!!

So, here are your FREE Sheets

As always, you must use images from both sheets, but you can use embellishments from your own stash.

Have fun ladies!

ANCHORS AWAY!




Right click on pictures to save.

Please leave a comment on this blog post, so I know you've been here! Thanks!

Monday, May 3, 2021

Gecko Galz May Challenge-SECRET GARDEN

This month my Designer Challenge for Gecko Galz, was

SECRET GARDEN

This theme makes me think of a wonderful flower garden, with fairies, toadstools, a fairy frog, and lots of butterflies!

I created this Fairy Secret Garden Shrine using

Magical cutouts, moss, a wooden shrine, see thru vellum and a tealight

The back drop of the shrine is a design I printed in vellum from one of the fantasy digital  ATC sheets

I edged the shrine with real twigs




You really need to check out the GG Storybook Garden Craft Kit. Its MAGICAL!!

I also used my own stash of paper flowers + clear backed butterflies

A brick stencil + texture paste created the crumbling brick wall bits on the sides of the shrine


The 2nd project I made is a Journal Cover

SECRET GARDEN


I decorated the cover using images from the Storybook Garden Craft Kit, + the Dream Garden ATC Set

Lots of layers + 3d mount tape to create height + illusion

I then added some paper flowers, ribbon,  and wrought iron gate die cut





 


 

Thursday, April 29, 2021

May Swap-LAVENDER + LACE ATCs



I've picked 2 of my favorite things this month for my new May ATC Swap

LAVENDER & LACE

Gecko Galz has designed 2 beautiful sheets for us to make our ATCs with.

You will be making at least 3 ATCs to trade with a swap partner.

 A post will be made on the GG Facebook page for you to sign up. There you can say where you are from + what country you are willing to mail to. 

On May 8, I will assign you your swap partners!

Easy peasy right!

You MUST use the free sheets, but you can use your own embellishments

To Download, right click + Save








Thursday, April 1, 2021

Gecko Galz Monthly Challenge-April Blooming Beauty

 


Victorian Floral Eggs

Supplies Used


Vintage Rhinestone Jewelry
Acrylic Sparkle Embellishments
Blue Opal Cabs
Vintage Rhinestone Chain
Pink Lace




Planted Beauty 

Supplies 
A Garden Of Sentiments

Leaf Diecuts
Paper Roses
Dowels
Terra Cotta Plant Pot
Dried Moss
Vintage Lace
Ribbon


Floral Frame Journal Cover

Supplies
A Garden of Sentiments

Green Velvet
Colored digital Frame
Paper Flowers
Diecuts




Saturday, March 20, 2021

April Swap-Find Your Inner Goddess

 


FIND YOUR INNER GODDESS

This months SWAP Challenge

Using these gorgeous digital images sponsored by GECKO GALZ

Create at least 3 ATCs to swap with your partner.

I will make a post on the GG Facebook page, and you can add your name there, and what country you are willing to trade with.

You can use any of your own embellishments, but you must use designs from these 2 sheets, which you can save to your computer. ( right click on picture + save)

Have fun + show off your INNER GODDESS!!









Nevermore Blog Challenge-Abandon Hope


 Over on the Nevermore Blog, Leanne has a wicked gothic challenge up!

I created this witch tombstone using her image

An ominous witch overshadowing an old cemetery

She kinda reminded me of the witch from  The Blair Witch Project

When I printed her out, she came out in black + purple as my ink is running out, but I think she looks cool this way

I mounted the image onto a black foam core tombstone shape that I cut by hand

Using tombstone silhouettes, I added them to the bottom using foam tape

A raven done the same way, sits on the witches shoulder

Blackened cheesecloth around the edge of the tombstone.

Another silhouette of a row of tombstones, sits around the bottom

The sign

"Abandon Hope

All ye who enter here"

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Fripperies and Butterflies Steampunk Owl Challenge

 


Up on the FripperiesandButterflies blog

is an awesome Steampunk challenge using this wicked Owl image

http://fripperiesandbutterflies.blogspot.com/2021/02/gecko-galz-steampunk-challengenow.html

I created a Steampunk Owl Journal Cover

The background is burgundy suede paper

The main image in the center. I distressed the edges, then added gold ink

Strips of digital papers with a distress leather look design on either side

Chipboard gears + a key, which have been sprayed in gold ink, then I added patina texture paste

On the bottom is a copper set of wings, with a spinning brass propellor


Tuesday, February 23, 2021

March ATC Challenge Shamrock Magic

 


Whos up for a challenge?

This month's theme is SHAMROCK MAGIC

Thanks to Leanne from GECKO GALZ for the lovely digital sheets!!

You will have a month to create 3-4 ATCs using the sheets.  You can add your own embellishments to create your magic

I will make an album on the GG Facebook page for you to share your cards.

There will be 3 prizes given out!

Hope you have fun creating your magical Shamrock ATCS!

(Right click to save to your computer)





Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Gecko Galz March Challenge Walk with Nature

 This months challenge for Gecko Galz is Walk with Nature

I chose to create 3 projects with an animal/bird theme


Owl on Birchwood

Supplies Used

Birchwood Oval

Texture Pastes

Owling for You Collage Set

Moss

Paper Berries

Diecut Tree Branches

Velvet Leaves

Digital Quote



Bluebird Mini Book 

Supplies Used

Mini Chipboard Tab Folder

Brass Binder Rings

Feathers

Ribbons

Pretty Birds Digital Collage Set

Scrapbook papers


Celtic Nature 

Supplies Used

8 x 8 canvas

Acrylic Paint

Diecuts

Nature Word Quotes

Storybook Garden Craft Kit

Celtic Dreams Collage Set

 




 

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Gecko Galz Feb Challenge-Love Through the Ages


 


LOST LOVE-Journal Book Page

Images from


Supplies Used

Designer Scrapbook papers
Random internet quote
Vintage laces
Diecuts
Glitter Chipboard letters
Dye inks
Sari Ribbon




LOVE IS BLUE-Edwardian Tag

Images From


Supplies

Scrabble Tiles
Laces
Metal Stampings
Pop Dots
Gold Ink
Crystal
Resin Rose







Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Nevermore Designs Blogspot Feb Challenge-Strange + Unusual

 



                                          This month over at the

https://nevermoredesigns.blogspot.com/

Is yet another fabulously wicked challenge!

I have created a 5 x 7 canvas with this beautiful eerie design

I painted the canvas black, then did a spray over using distress ink in hickory smoke

Printed off 2 of the main designs on cardstock

Distressed the edges of 1, then glued it to the canvas

The other print, I cut out the woman image, and 3D her over the other image using foam tape

The purple curtain is from a Tim Holtz Idea-ology pack

I 3d that as well.

I cut out a candlestick from my stash, and glued it to the fireplace mantel 

Vintage black lace edges the bottom

A metal hand on the quote + a vintage metal diamond shaped earring with metal points hanging from the bottom

I also added a purple Swarovski crystal to the top of the earring

Using a quote from a Gecko Galz Gothic digi, I distressed the edges, then edged it in both purple + pink distress ink.

"I myself am strange + unusual"


Thursday, January 21, 2021

Gecko Galz ATC Swap

Who's interested in doing a ATC Swap?

I have these 2 beautiful GG sheets for you to use.

Add your own embellishments + imagination to create 3 ATCs

Leave a comment below with what country you would like to swap with

( Canada, US or International)

On Jan 28, I will notify you of your swap partner

You + your swap partner will each make 3 ATC cards to swap with each other

You can then msg each other for address details

Please mail your cards out by Feb 1

 Post your received ATC cards on the Facebook Gecko Galz page when you receive them, as we would all love to see!

CREATE + HAVE FUN!

(Right click on sheets to save)




Friday, January 1, 2021

Oriental Pagoda Gecko Galz Jan Challenge

 

Oriental Pagoda

A wooden Pagoda that I designed + my best friend built.

Image sheets used

Asian Dreams

Far East Fun Craft Kit



Oriental Journal


A Oriental journal in black + pink

Images are from

Asian Words ATC 

Little Asian Girls


Arty Divas July Challenge-Sponsor Lilli Rain Designs

  Our sponsor this month is lilli Rain Designs. https://lilliraindesigns.blogspot.com/?m=1 The winner will receive this wonderful Nautical D...