Friday, 26 January 2018

Henrietta Hedgehog

Had another attempt at Book Folding - got that carried away I even ordered a Book folding CD, its arrived and is sitting on my desk staring at me...... But I wanted to finish Henrietta before starting on another project.

She hasn't got wonky eyes (although they are glow in the dark) its the angle of the photo.

Monday, 15 January 2018

O is for One layer/colour ultra pink

Not been around much since my last post, I think the busy Christmas period, and various other happenings as took its toll on me and I've not been very well, I've increased my doseage of meds, so hopefully once they kick in, usually takes a week give or take to get back to what I call 'normal', I should be ok.
Not going to let it get to me, these things happen and I am learning (long curve) to let these things go.

Anyhoo, on the craft!!

The latest Butterfly challenge is O for one layer and/or use the colour Ultra Pink, aha! perfect for a digital project me thinks. Not sure my pink is Ultra but hey ho.

I decided to do a pack of A6 sized notelets.

The design is an embellishment from the digi kit "Artsy Anne" by Rosie H on flickr, I just matched the font colour to the pink. There are four notelets in the pack, I'm thinking £1.50 for the pack - if I don't use them myself!

entering into:  Butterfly Challenege = O and ultra pink

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Feature day & fairies, elves and pixies come out to play

Two cards up today, one done for a partner swap over at CardexchangeUK for the month of December, usually make a New Year card as almost everyone else does a Christmas one.

image from 'Ring in the New Year'
Tattered Lace mini sentiment die

The first attempt at this card had me stamping 'celebrate' in matching ink, but I got a bit carried away and messy with it - didn't like the end result so I threw that away and decided to go digital and use Craft Artist to create the background, using the 'stamp' tool. Just had to pick a font which was similar to the sentiment die.
I used the colour picker to 'pick' the red, purple and blue out of the image and coloured the font.
I did the same with the orange colour and made a solid square to act as the bottom layer to the topper, adding a deep shadow to make it stand out from the card, so when it was printed out it looks like an actual matt and layered topper stuck on the card.
Lastly I printed a solid square of each colour, big enough so I could die cut a couple of 'celebrate' from each, and the stuck them on the card.

After the bright colours of the last card, I've gone all pastel & whimsical with this next one.

image from 'Land of the Fey'
backing paper Create n Craft Speciality Papers
backing paper edged in Artic Blue
image edged in Pastel Pink
stamp in blue pigment ink

I love how this card turned out, the backing paper I've had for a few years, is actually an A4 scenic one featuring a blue bird - but the top half matched the image so well I had to chop it up. One day I might get round to using the rest!.
I edged the backing paper & sentiment with Artic Blue promarker and the topper was edged with Pastel Pink. Love the effect and its very dream like.

For these and many more designs, check out the Gecko Galz on Etsy

Land of the Fey entered into Butterfly challenge : fairies, elves & pixies

Monday, 1 January 2018

Courtly Love Customer Challenge

Happy New Year!!

A new month means a new Customer Challenge at the Gecko Galz and the theme for the month of January is 'Courtly Love'.

So why not play along, join the challenge with the chance to win $25 at the Gecko Galz Shop


It was lovely to do a card which wasn't a Christmas card, I think that's why I went a bit crazy with the pearls, add my undying affection for Mr Darcy and it all went a bit.......

image from 'Vintage Flirtations' design sheet 
paper from 'Courtly Love' Paper pack 
burgundy paperstock
pearls, lots & lots of
Spellbinder frame die
quote from Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice Mr Darcy, superbly acted by Colin Firth

Using an A4 sheet of white card I measured about 29cm along the long side and about 16cm on the short side and cut the card accordingly.
I then measured 10cm along the long edge and scored down the card to make the front of the card.
(this size card will just about fit into a C5 envelope, might have to do a little snipping to fit properly)

I resized my image using Craft Artist to use as the topper for the front of my card, also did the same with my chosen backing paper  (using the measurements of the long edge with the 10cm taken off) and printed both off. 
To make the quote topper I used the same backing paper but cropped it so it was just the plain pink area, typed my chosen quote (sheesh, it took me ages to find the one I wanted to use!) and then printed it out. With hindsight, I should have made the font a teeny bigger.

I backed my topper with a panel of burgundy card and then stuck it onto my card, I stuck the backing paper straight on to the card.

Using the SpellBinder die I centred the quote in the middle and then die cut it out, then die cut a piece of burgundy card stock to go underneath it.

Lastly I added the pearls, and more pearls.

All I can say is........ 'Oh, Mr Darcy!'

disclaimer - Neither Mr Darcy, nor Colin Firth were harmed in the making of this card 😍


I hope you'll join in with our 'Courtly 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 claim a free digital collage sheet!

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

If you're on Facebook, head over to the private Gecko Galz Papercrafting Group where there are four monthly challenges, each theme has a digital collage sheet as a prize.

Amanda xx