Saturday, 2 December 2017

30 tags of December #1

Join in with the Gecko Galz and celebrate all things Christmas this month, with our 30 tags of December.
All the lovely DT's got to make 2 tags each, so check in at the Gecko Galz blog every day this December to see what we all got up to!

A cute retro Christmas tag this afternoon, using Gecko Galz 'Baby It's Cold Out Here' design sheet, backing paper from stash, silver peel offs, silver stick on gems, snowflake embellishment, round sentiment stamp and a length of ribbon I recycled from a gift.

Using Craft Artist, I brought in the design sheet, then cropped it down so the image I wanted was the only one remaining. Then, using one of the edit programmes I removed the rest of the scene, leaving Mini Santa & friend. Resized the end image to fit the tag then printed, and fussy cut round them.

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Dashing thro' the Snow

My very first post as a member of the Gecko Galz design team for 2018! Never mind a drum roll, I'll make do with  a very strong coffee or maybe a glass of wine.

Two Christmas cards and an altered item up this morning.

6x6 cardstock
'Baby, its cold out here' design sheet
Spellbinders sentiment die
M Company square die
festive twine
silver glitter

The image was so pretty and gorgeous, I kept it plain and simple for this card, only adding a touch of silver glitter over the stars and the blue/white twine to pull the colours together.


I can't skate, I did try when I was a teenager - never let go of the wall encircling the rink which meant I only skated round half of it for about two hours....... but to skate like the couple in the picture at Christmas would be a dream and so romantic, possibly with a lovely hot chocolate afterwards, with not a trip to A & E in sight!

6x6 cardstock
'Baby, its cold out here' design sheet
Free stamp
Red ink
Xcut snowflake punch
M Company snowflake border die
white pearlescent card stock
chritmas card stock from Joy!
blue gems
clear embossing powder

The image is quite pale so I jazzed it up a bit with the bright background paper just peeking out from under it. I used the snowflake punch and stuck them onto the card and popped blue gems in the middle, but I thought it didn't look quite right, so I quickly pulled the gems off and decided to use the snowflake border die and snip the flakes off and use individually, then I popped the blue gems back on. 


I recently watched a YouTube video of a lady doing an Altered Mail Art Envelope, using an envelope destined to go in her recycling bin. It looked easy, so I thought I'd give it a go.

bog standard white envelope (had a bill in it!)
'Dashing Thro' the Snow' paper kit
glittery peel offs
white pearls
xmas ribbon strip
red glitter in glue form
red glitter
hole punch 
red ribbon

First thing I did was to tidy the envelope up by straightening the torn edge using my guillotine:

then I cut the other length and one end open, so it opens up:

I cut three pieces of the patterned papers to the same length of the envelope, but kept one A4 sized so I could stick it on the front of the envelope and overlap both side edges by about two inch so it continued round the back, making it a pocket.

The second piece I glued down to the front centre for my 'topper' and the last piece glued on the back of the envelope covering the remaining whiteness and the edges of the first paper. Remember to keep the open end at the top at all times - which I nearly didn't!!

Once everything was firmly stuck down I glittered and embellished.

The envelope flap was made from a piece of card measuring about two inches high and a width to fit snugly into the envelope mouth. I folded about half an inch over, longways, and put double sided sticky tape onto it, this is the bit that slides into the mouth and sticks to the inside..... slightly tricky and I had to trim the width to get it to fit straight. That was the only fiddley bit!
I used a hole punch, two in the flap and two through the back of the envelope and threaded a lovely red ribbon  through. 

Makes a lovely envelope for hand delivery, or a gift envelope instead of wrapping paper.

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Thursday, 30 November 2017

H is for handwritten and/or lemon

Fluttering in to show you a 30th birthday card done for a friend at work, who is the most awkward lady in the whole world to make a card & buy a present for!! I decided to make something which fitted the challenge over on  Butterfly Challenge blog, which I haven't entered for weeks and weeks due to overtime at work, less days off and the dreaded flu, and sadly the loss of three pets....


White doily
Craft Box flowers x3
Tattered Lace mini dies

Went with just the colour this time - Lemon - as my hand writing is awful and I didn't want to spoil the card. The 30th is small as the lady in question isn't really...... feeling the birthday vibe, shall we say. 

entering in: H is for handwritten and/or lemon

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Bump in the Night

Cutting it fine to enter this month's Gecko Galz challenge but I managed it! Hurrah!! Sadly other things have got in the way today, more on that later on in the week.

Anyhoo, managed to pull together a 6x6 card for 'Bump in the night' I loved this image as soon as I saw it last year, just waiting for the right make to happen.

image from Gecko Galz email freebie
lace & charms from Craft Box

It looks sepia, but its actaully black/white with a bit of grey. Though I do like the colour of the photo better to the actual card! It is a card but I made it look like a cover of a book, or a journal of some kind, maybe the 'gentleman' on the front?? The tales of his far away travels on this planet, but like a creature of habit, he always returns to where he was.......... buried.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Crafty news

Really excited to announce today that I'm going to be part of the Design Team for Gecko Galz 2018.

Along with a written application, you had to send in 4 of your makes, so I ended up, after lots of deliberation choosing these:

pretty box (made from A4 card) using a Fripperie & Butterflies design sheet

Christmas card in non-traditional colours using Gecko Galz imagery

Easter card using a Fripperie & Butterflies image with Gecko Galz backing paper

heart shaped easel using a Lunagirl image and Gecko Galz backing paper

After being accepted, you then had to make a 4x4 item which summed up your crafting style, so I think is me - Butterflies, lace, doily and pearls!

card using a Gecko Galz image, backing paper & lace Butterfly from The Craft Box, everything else from stash.

So looking forward to starting as a member of the Design Team in December.

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Something beginning with W

Over on the Gecko Galz facebook page, one of the challenges is 'W', as its October and getting close to Halloween I thought I'd go with...... wings. But then I came across the 'Wizard of Oz' domino sheet and spotted the witch images and thought they would be perfect to do as a set of 3 atcs, for a swap I'm doing, killing two birds with one stone as they say.

As I will be posting them, I decided to do them digitally and then add something flat to keep the postage down. All I did to the images was write something silly on them.

I then printed them off and stuck each one to an atc base - I cut up used cereal packets for mine. Out came red glitter, washi tape, promarkers and a silver pen.

I particularly like how red glitter works on Wicked.