Sunday, 18 November 2018

Feature Day but not quite..

Today I would normally my day to feature my Design Team project for 'Jingle All The Way' over at Gecko Galz but I ended up being ill with an abscess in my mouth which put me out of action for a few days.
So instead I'm showcasing my makes for the Blog Hop - all made from the 'Autumn Bliss' design sheet.

This is a 6x6 digital piece using Craft Artist Professional 2 - using a backing paper from the 'Autumn Harvest' Paper Pack which I faded and twisted round till I got the pattern I wanted to show up,  and an image from Autumn Bliss cropped, made translucent round the edges and then placed on top of the paper. The quote came from the web. Looks complicated but is quite easy when you get used to the tools in CAP2.

This is a 5x7 card using an image from the Autumn Bliss Design Sheet - I cropped the image and resized it to 5 x 7 and printed it out; this acted as my backing paper.
I then resized the image to fit inside an oval die and printed that out and die cut it. 
Using chocolate brown card I die cut a bigger oval and used that to mat & layer my topper.
Finally added some green leaves, smudged with bronze ink, a few sequins and a teeny bit of chameleon glitter. Love how this turned out.

I decided to do an easel card for my last card sample using a backing paper from Autumn Skies ATC Collection and this lovely image from Autumn Bliss, because the colours look a bit washed out  I decided to print it out on off-white linen-look cardstock. Love how this changed the colours slightly, making it look more washed out and whimsical. As the card was white, I bordered the image and topper with white to match, using a burnt orange card stock as mat and layering. I didn't want to use gems are anyhitng on this so for a finishing touch I used 3 skeleton leaves in matching colours.

I love doing atcs, so decided to make one as my final sample. I printed the image out slightly smaller than the atc 2.5 by 3.5, and roughed up the edges slightly. I used a chocolate foil wrapper (the chocolate was nice!) and stuck it to the atc which I make out of used cereal boxes, then dabbed blue acrylic paint on it, once dry I added a little bit of bronze to highlight the colours in the image. Stuck the image down and added the metal twig embellishment and the leaves...….. but then this happened:

The atc became the focal point on my altered canvas!! Using a big piece of tinfoil which I screwed up and then 'smoothed' out; I stuck it onto a decorative canvas I no longer used using mod podge, and painted first the blue then the bronze, making sure I rubbed some off so you could still see the silver foil underneath. This helped to lighten the piece up. I wanted the atc to stand out from the background so found a piece of bright orange mesh to go underneath. Again I didn't want to use any gems or anything so I die cut the words Autumn Bliss from the chocolate card waste from my first card. 
Looks lovely hung near a window so the natural light hits the foil peeking through.

 I hope you'll join our Jingle All The Way challenge where the winner will receive a $25 shopping spree at the Gecko Galz shop.
The only rule is that you must use at least one Gecko Galz product, which can be something you purchased from the shop or a freebie.
If you sign up for the Gecko Galz newsletter, you'll be able to claim a free collage sheet each month and get first claim on the $1 Wednesday deals!

Why don't you pop over to the Gecko Galz blog to see all the fabulous designs by the very talented Design Team - and this month we have new amazing talent on the 2019 team, so make sure to check those ladies out! Don't forget to grab the free digi stamp on each post.

We also have a Facebook Group where there are more monthly challenges for you to play in, each with a Design Sheet to win. 

Amanda xx

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Jingle all the Way at Gecko Galz

A new month means a new Customer Challenge at the Gecko Galz and the theme for the month of November is 'Jingle All The Way'
So why not play along - join the challenge with the chance to win $25 at the Gecko Galz shop!

I hope you'll join in with our 'Jingle All The Way' 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 fabulous designs by the 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