Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Testing Testing

Featured day over at Gecko Galz

Apologies I'm a day late with it! Where does time disappear too?

My GDT feature day I stuck with the Retro Summer theme, same paper pack but different image - from 'Splish Splash' sheet.


A 5x7 white card, tent fold this time with the papers and flowers from Hot Off the Press, layererd the image onto black card and then used the black card as the background to the whole design, finishing off with 2 shiny gems.

Amanda xx

Saturday, 2 June 2018

The Butterfly Wheel - Letter H

Over on Mrs A's blog , she reached the grand age of 100 challenges! I wish I could say I've entered them all but I can't. Mrs A is a lovely lady and along with her regulars makes the challenges friendly and fun.

Gushing over, I got a little carried away on this one and forgot the instructions, so one card fits and the other sort of does but doesn't *lol*

The second card I made fits the challenge of BUTTERFLY + THEME (heat embossing) + COLOUR (hot pink) also happened to be one of those messy accidents which by nature turn into a happy accident.


The 'Agapanthus Cluster' stamp is from Stampendous and was gifted to me by a friend whose sister had passed away and had loads of stuff, some of which I kept, some I gave to charity.
 I decided to go with black and hot pink - remember I'd already done the other card by this time - so I merrily continued using my stamp, this time with a clear embossing pigment ink and stamped the image on to the topper. Ooops, I forgot to wash the stamp as I'd used it with black pigment ink..... so thats where the smudged bits come from behind the flower. Quite liked the effect, so poured the black embossing powder on and then used my heat tool to emboss it. Added 3 tiny butterfly dies (Tattered Lace) in hot pink, layered the topper onto black card and the put on a 5 X 7card blank, remembered I'd got some pink peel off borders somewhere and added those.

So onto the first card I made, which I got carried away with and then realised that it didn't quite fit the challenge....  I picked Hunters Green and Harvest Gold as my colours to use.


I stamped the image using black pigment ink, so it was kind of faded and then coloured over the image with my promarkers, using the nearest shades I had to match with the List of Colours which Mrs A uses. And played till I got the right shade. Backed the image onto green card, added green pearls and used a piece of ribbon. I was so pleased how the colouring had gone...... then I realised I'd picked 2 colours and not 1 + a theme!

Duh!!!!!

Then once I'd started on the other card I realised I should have WASHED the stamp first!! But I was pleased with the results of both cards, so now I have an extra card in my stash. Hurrah!

entering in: butterfly challenge = Letter H

Amanda xx 

Friday, 1 June 2018

Retro Summer challenge for June

A new month means a new Customer Challenge at the Gecko Galz and the theme for the month of June is 'RETRO SUMMER'.

This month is all about 'Retro Summers' so get those swimsuits and flip flops out, settle back under your pink sun umbrella and have a Pina Colada and play along - join the challenge with the chance to win $25 at the Gecko Galz Shop


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This started out as a 5 x 7 card, I cut the card away around the topper - still stands/opens up properly which was just a stroke of luck *lol*

The image came from 'Summer Sweeties' sheet 2, edged round it using a promarker then stuck into a the blue card (which I thought looked a bit like aged denim), then mounted that on a piece of red chequered paper which matched her shirt.

The  paper and embellishment came from a pack I've had for years - Hot Off The Press 'Home Grown Paper Set' and never really used, thought it went perfectly with the theme.
Lastly I die cut the sentiment (Tattered Lace mini die set), coloured it with a red promaker and stuck it on.
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I hope you'll join in with our 'Retro Summer Challenge' where the Winner gets a $25 shopping spree to spend at the Gecko Galz Shop. (The only rule is that you must use at least one Gecko Galz product... this can be one of the freebies or, of course, you can buy at the Etsy shop)

If you sign up for the Gecko Galz monthly newsletter, you'll be kept up to date with new releases, $1 Wednesday deals and be able to claim a free digital collage sheet.

If you pop over to the Gecko Galz Blog, you will see all the designs by the fabulous Design Team - and maybe grab a freebie or two.



If you haven't a blog/and or on Facebook, head over to the Gecko Galz Papercrafting Group where there are more monthly challenges, with the chance to win a digital collage sheet.

Amanda xx 



Friday, 4 May 2018

Featured Day at Gecko Galz

Quick post today as I'm off to work *boohoo* - bank holiday weekend starts here.......

Keeping with the 'Asian Beauty' theme for this months Gecko Galz challenge, I decided to change tact and use flowers today - using papers from the 'Cherry Blossom Paper Pack' I printed three off which looked nice together, and made panels using the smallest square nesting die I have, stuck them onto a piece of white card and then backed that with a piece of pink card, which I also used for the sentiment. A quick, simple and pretty card which can stay in your card drawer for emergencies!


Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Asian Beauty Challenge for May

Over on the Gecko Galz blog, the challenge for May is 'Asian Beauty'. Feel free to join in and have a play - there is only one rule, and that is you need to use at least ONE product from Gecko Galz shop but it can be one of the free products, stamps, collage images, or digital papers!! The winner will receive a $25 Gecko Galz shopping spree.



I was rather stuck on what to do for this month, as I tend not to use such striking images or colours but after a few coffees I came up two cards.

Both 5x7's as the images suited that size better than my usual 6x6 - so out of my comfort zone!


image from 'Beautiful Asian Ladies'
red backing paper
black card
gold peel offs
filigree's from The Craft Box
red gems


image from 'Far East Beauties'
black card 
black Stazon ink
Indigo Blu stamp
Chameleon glitter Debbi Moore


The jewels in her headdress, on her shoulder and round her waist and belt are glittered but this doesn't really show up in the photo.

Hope I've piqued your attention, so hop over to the Gecko Galz, check out the rules and have a play!

Amanda xx

Monday, 2 April 2018

Feature Day at Gecko Galz

This month its 'Garden Bliss' so after doing something digital on the previous post I wanted to make something, albeit using Craft Artist 2 again.

I tried making a minizine a fair few years ago and well, lets just say it was umm, okay.. I gave it Delia as a little present and she smiled and said thank you. Probably still lurking in the dark recess of some drawer. UhUh.

This time I impressed myself - I love it when I do this.Makes me feel like a proper crafter!


So, this is how to make a mini zine:

Tip: I used 300gsm card and it folded and shaped a lot better than something lighter. I also practised with a piece of copy paper first - and you can see the folds in it as well.

Take an A4 piece of paper and fold & score it in half as in a5 card blank so you have a central crease.















Lay it flat and fold one side in to the central crease,















then repeat with the other side, so it looks like this:
















and closed:



then fold over on its self:


then again:



Open it back up and cut along the crease as in the picture:



Open the paper up and it should look like this with a slit along the middle where the scissors are placed.



fold it length ways and 'push' the paper apart



so it folds itself:



then fold it flat in to a little book




Once I'd folded, creased and folded again, I selected which three images I wanted to use and then browsed  The Quote Garden (my new favourite site!) and picked four quotes, one for the front and one opposite each image. I took everything into CAP2 and sized a green coloured square to 3.50 x 2.50 (atc size) and then added an image on top - I did this for each piece, so each one matched. It sounds complicated but it was the quickest matting and layering ever!


Then it was time to printout and construct my minizine, I added a few green pearls to finish it off.





Amanda xx