Monday, 31 December 2018

Midnight at Sunday Postcard Art

Have been trying to get back into entering various Challenge blogs the last few months, but with one thing or another never actually got round to doing any.

So today I've sat down and actually done a new piece and its my first time for Sunday Postcard Art. The theme was 'Midnight'

image used was from Gecko Galz 'Dark Arts'
clock and photo of Edgar Allan Poe from pixabay
quote from Edgar Allan Poe
font is Vivaldi (capital O) & Tempus Sans ITC

Amanda xxx

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Feature Day Decking the Halls with Gecko Galz

Today is the day for my Feature Day over at Gecko Galz, and as its December, we're doing something different this month and its Deck The Halls - 24 days of Christmas themed crafts, tags, decorations, books etc. What ever your skill level or time set, there's inspiration for everyone!

My first make is a small polystyrene wreath which you can get at most craft stores, I used 'Christmas Past' Paper Pack, printed out 3 different papers sized to fill an A4 sheet of paper, then cut them vertically into strips. You can then either glue the papers individually or glue a bit of the wreath at a time, I did both but found gluing the wreath easier. Simply wrap the strips alternating the papers till its covered. It is fiddly and the back looks so untidy!. You can embellish how you want, I used Christmas ribbon, ready to stick ribbon and a Spellbinders die cut in Red Mirror card.

Next up, something so quick and easy! It took me longer to find the right glass container than it did to print and glue the images from 'Candy Cane Lane' Digital sheet.

And the last sample, back to a card. I chose three images from the 'Snow Much Fun' Jewel It sheet and sized them to fit one of the square dies.  The backing paper came from a Joy! Christmas paper pad. Cut another sentiment out of red mirror card, and to finish off I stuck red & white twine along the edge of the topper. 

I hope you'll join our SNOW QUEEN 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 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, 13 December 2018

A pretty 60th birthday card and matching insert, I always find these quite hard as I want to do sparkle and shine but can't quite steer myself from vintage.... so I compromised with the blinging the age. Hope she didn't mind!! The backing paper came from a gorgeous paper pack by Jodie Lee designs and I used a matching one for the insert, always feels a shame to cover these up.

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Gecko Galz

Don't forget to check out the Gecko Galz blog for news of this months challenge Snow Queen. Take a look through all the Design Teams lovely samples, and let inspiration strike, whether its Christmas Cards, atcs, decorations or a digital project!

(typo in the date, its still 2018!)

Monday, 10 December 2018

Something different today, ATC's aka Artist Trading Cards are 2.5 inch by 3.5 inch, they were originally used as 'calling cards' for artists - little miniatures of their art with their contact details on the back. They are quite collectible and there are lots of groups out there who hold swaps each month etc, and now there are also the ATC coins which measure 2.5inch.

image from Wings of Whimsy

image from Gecko Galz

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Two New Year Cards from last year. The top one from a Gecko Galz image, the bottom one I used an ink pad to do the background a, pressing down at different angles to  match the butterfly stamp.

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Simple and plain Christmas card done using a free embossing plate banner off of some magazine, cut out and stuck on to a white card blank, and to finish a red/white bakers twine tied in a bow.

For this card I die cut the deer four times, 2 in white card then 2 in kraft card, I used the white as a 'shadow' to give them a little bit of depth. Matching snowflakes to finish.

This was the recycled front of a Christmas card we received, a wee bit Scottish with the tartan and a wee bit Twee with the doily! Red glittered on the berries to the match the backing paper.

Monday, 3 December 2018

Guess its about time I got round to doing Christmas cards, surprisingly I have actually bought two presents, one for step mum and one for Andrew..... not leaving it till Christmas week this year! Ha! I've even wrote out ready for posting. Ok, where am I? and what have I done to myself? 

All images today from the Gecko Galz email freebies you receive when you sign up to their Monthly newsletter.
Wooden embellishments from The Range, love these! 

The bottom one is my favourite, totally not my colour for Christmas but it the pink just works with the glitter.And that description makes it sound horrible!! Please scroll down and see for yourselves! 

Saturday, 1 December 2018

Snow Queen at Gecko Galz

A new month means a new Customer Challenge at the Gecko Galz and the theme for the month of December is 'Snow Queen'. So why not play along - join the challenge with the chance to win $25 at the Gecko Galz shop!
The weather has finally turned and its freezing! As I write this I'm in a long sleeve shirt, jumper and a cardigan.... cannot get warm today. Had a lovely 6 mile walk with OH and Quinn the Border Collie this morning, blow the cobwebs away so I can focus on that C word coming up..... Christmas!! Being a Retail worker, it started about three weeks ago, Christmas is so drawn out in shops by the time it actually gets to the week of Christmas, its 'lets just get it over with!'

But there's still plenty of time to make those Christmas cards, so have a look at all our Design Teams makes for last minute inspiration!! (And to start present buying!!)

My first sample is a 7x5 card, all done digitally in CAP2 and then printed out as a big topper, inked the edges with Glam Gold pigment ink and then stuck on the white card.

image from Snow Queen Design Sheet
Champagne gems
backing paper from First Class Passage Paper Pack 

Next comes a 6x6 card, this is my favourite Christmas card so far this year. 

image from Snow Queen Designs Sheet
backing paper Silent Night paper
plain white card
small oval die
Spellbinders Heirloom Ornaments Stamps sentiment
Royal Blue pigment ink
snowflake die cut
white pearls

Another 6x6 card now

image from Snow Queen Design Sheet
blue glitter card
random blue backing paper
snowflake die cut
blue stars
sentiment done in CAP2 to match the image

My last card, 5x7.

paper from 'Starlight ATC Collection'
Gold card stars
gold gitter
Glam Gold pigment ink (edged card with)
Creative Expressions Sentiment Die Cut

I hope you'll join in with our Snow Queen 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